Red Dirt Road

June 8, 2006

Red Dirt RoadI heard this song for the first time yesterday.  It looks from the stats that song lyrics aren't the most compelling item of interest to visitors, but I like to post them because I find them meaningful.

I've only heard this song once, but I liked it because it felt like an inclusive song, focusing on the humanity of us all- on our imperfection but ultimate redemption, and commonality in that journey.  Here it is, by Brooks and Dunn:

I was raised off of old Route 3
Out past where the blacktop ends
We'd walked to church on Sunday morning
Race barefoot back to the Johnson's fence
That's where I first saw Mary
On that roadside pickin' blackberries
That summer I turned a corner in my soul
Down that red dirt road
It's where I drank my first beer
It's where I found Jesus
Where I wrecked my first car
I tore it all to pieces
I learned the path to heaven is full of sinners and believers
Learned that happiness on earth ain't just for high achievers
I've learned I've come to know
There's life at both ends
Of that red dirt road
Her daddy didn't like me much
With my shackled up GTO
I'd sneak out in the middle of the night
Throw rocks at her bedroom window
We'd turn out the headlights
Drive by the moonlight
Talk about what the future might hold
Down a red dirt road

I went out into the world, and I came back in
I lost Mary, oh I got her back again
And driving home tonight feels like I've found a long lost friend

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