I was just out of the service
Thumbin' through the classifieds
When an ad that said "Old Chevy"
Somehow caught my eye
The lady didn't know the year
Or even if it ran
But I had that thousand dollars in my hand
It was way back in the corner of this old ramshackle barn
With thirty years of dust and dirt on that green army tarp
And when I pulled the cover off
It took away my breath
What she called a Chevy
Was a sixty-six Corvette
And I felt a little guilty as I counted out the bills
But all my fears just disapeared
When I sat behind the wheel
I opened up the glovebox
And that's when I found the note
The date was 1966 and this is what he wrote

He said my name is Private Andrew Malone
And if your readin' this, then I didn't make it home
But for every dream that's shattered
Another one comes true
This car was once a dream of mine
Now it belongs to you
Though you may take her and make her your own
You'll always be riding with Private Malone

Well it didn't take me long at all
I had her runnin' good
I loved to hear those horses thunder underneath her hood
I had her shinin' like a diamond and I put the rag top down
All the pretty girls would stop and stare as I drove her through town
The buttons on the radio didn't seem to work quite right
But it picked up that Oldie's Show
Especially late at night
I get the feelin' sometimes If I turned real quick I'd see
A soldier ridin' shotgun
In the seat right next to me

It was a young man named Private Andrew Malone
Who fought for his country and never made it home
But for every dream that's shattered
There's another that comes true
This car was once a dream of his back when it was new
He told me to take her and make her my own
And I was proud to be riding with Private Malone

Well one night it was rainin' hard
I took the curve too fast
I still don't remember much about that firey crash
But someone said they thought they saw a soldier pull me out
They didn't get his name
But I know without a doubt

It was a young man named Private Andrew Malone
Who fought for his country and never made it home
But for every dream that's shattered
Another one comes true
This car was once a dream of his back when it was new
And I know I wouldn't be here if he hadn't tagged along
Oh thank God I was riding with Private Malone


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    General CommentOne of the few country songs I actually like...

    Just a really moving, cool song
    Ryan01GTon April 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. i think i've heard it on the radio once. they shouold play it more!
    bikerbabe51088on December 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the few country songs I can listen to relentlessly. I agree they should play it more often on the radio, it's excellent.
    Bringer of Chaoson February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTT-TT Why don't you people talk more about the actual meaning of this and the other songs out there......people just say that they like it.....
    "Me Sighs" You people don't know a good song when you hear it....

    But Anyways this is a very good song, It's basically about him finding the car and note..and everything else actually happened..the car crash and the lady seeing him being carried out the wreckage buy a solider..it actually mad news...and a few years later he made the song in honer of Malone for saving his life ^-^
    Jirouon April 12, 2010   Link

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