Hello in there

Linea has been posting about her Auntie Florence’s latest health problem. She makes the statement, “I wonder who will be caring for me in another thirty years. I hope they look at me with love.

It made me think of John Prine’s “Hello in There”, a song about ageing and loneliness …

Me and Loretta, we don’t talk much more,
She sits and stares through the back door screen.
And all the news just repeats itself
Like some forgotten dream that we’ve both seen.
Someday I’ll go and call up Rudy,
We worked together at the factory.
But what could I say if asks “What’s new?”
“Nothing, what’s with you? Nothing much to do.”

Ya’ know that old trees just grow stronger,
And old rivers grow wilder ev’ry day.
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, “Hello in there, hello.”


One Response to “Hello in there”

  1. Linea says:

    I really think that having no one to love you at the end of life would be so lonely.