"Long Time Gone" as written by and Scott Reinwand....
Daddy sits on the front porch swinging,
Looking out on a vacant field.
Used to be filled with burley t'bacca.
Now he knows it never will.

My brother found work in Indiana,
Sister's a nurse at the old folks home.
Mama's still cooking too much for supper,
And me, I've been a long time gone.

Been a long time gone,
No, I ain't hoed a row since I don't know when.
Long time gone, and it ain't coming back again.

Delia plays that ol' church piano,
Sittin' out on her daddy's farm.
She always thought that we'd be together,
Lord, I never meant to do her harm.

Said she could hear me singin' in the choir,
Me, I heard another song.
I caught wind and hit the road runnin',
And Lord, I've been a long time gone.

Been a long time gone,
Lord, I ain't had a prayer since I don't know when.
Long time gone, and it ain't comin' back again.

Now me, I went to Nashville,
Tryin' to beat the big deal.
Playin' down on Broadway,
Gettin' there the hard way.
Living from a tip jar,
Sleeping in my car.
Hocking my guitar,
Yeah, I'm gonna be a star.

Now, me and Delia singing every Sunday,
Watching the children and the garden grow.
We listen to the radio to hear what's cookin',
But the music ain't got no soul.

Now they sound tired but they don't sound Haggard,
They've got money but they don't have Cash.
They got Junior but they don't have Hank.
I think, I think, I think, the rest is,
A long time gone,

No, I ain't hit the roof since I don't know when.
Long time gone, and it ain't coming back.

I said a long time gone,
No, I ain't honked the horn since I don't know when.
Long time gone, and it ain't coming back again.

I said a long time, long time, long time gone.
Well, it's been a long time.

Long time, long time, long time gone,
Oh, it's been a long time gone.

Long time, long time, long time gone.
Yeah, yeah.


Lyrics submitted by meggymac31

"Long Time Gone" as written by Tex Ritter Frank Harford

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentThe last verse refers to the shape of country music radio these days...stating it has "no soul"...which I agree with..
    "they sound tired but they don't sound haggard"....refers to Merle Haggard

    "they got money but they don't have cash"...refers to Johnny Cash

    "They got junior but they don't have Hank"...Refers to Hank Williams Sr.......

    A brilliant country song and Great comentary also....
    jerryskidon January 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it would be improved if "hoed a row" was "rode a ho'", it was written by a bloke anyway, i think thats what he really meant. He's dead dirty you know, just like JJ.
    chriswatts83on March 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"hold a rope" should be "hoed a row" sorry
    meggymac31on June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am from a small town in MS and this song just hits home for me, I have been a long time gone!!
    RcKsHwGrL1969on July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song doesn't pertain to me at all but i stil like it =)
    juliegrayon July 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGREAT song.. doesn't need much explaining but it's definatly more great stuff from the chix
    VintageCutieon July 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've just left my radio on Cat Country lately, and heard this song. I'm, sorry, but I've never liked country a bit. But this song is about the first one I heard on the station, and now I never leave the station. I love the Chicks ^_^
    shamelesson July 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI ain't really into country music but when i heard this song it just catched my attention..I luv it
    Nshortiec4on September 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentback to the roots, chicks!!! i like the new cd sooo much! anyone get the the "they got money but they don't have Cash" is about the man, johnny cash? just felt i needed to bring that up, in case people were confused. anyway, i like this song -- it kinda transcends what they're talking about to their music career, if you look at it.
    chickonstageon September 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really good. I kind of like the beat. It goes back to their early roots. Definitely Dixie Chicks material. I hope they're around for a long long time. :)
    zacsteron March 18, 2003   Link

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