"Red Rag Top" as written by and Jason White....
I was twenty and she was eighteen
We were just about as wild as we were green
In the ways of the world
She'd pick me up in that red rag top
We were free of the folks and hiding from the cops
On a summer night
Running all the red lights
We'd park way out in a clearing in a grove
And the night was as hot as a coal-burning stove
We were cooking with gas
Knew it had to last

In the back of that red rag top
She said please don't stop

Well the very first time her mother met me
Her green-eyed girl had been a mother-to-be
For two weeks
I was out of job and she was in school
And life was fast and the world was cruel
We were young and wild
We decided not to have the child
So we did what we did and we tried to forget
And we swore up and down there would be no regrets
In the morning light
But on the way home that night

In the back of that red rag top
She said please don't stop

We took one more trip around the sun
But it was all make believe in the end
And no I can't say where she is today
I can't remember who I was back then

Well you do what you do and you pay for your sins
And there's no such thing as what might have been
That's a waste of time
Drive you out of your mind
I was stopped at a red light just yesterday
Beside a young girl in a cabriolet
And her eyes were green
And I was in an old scene

I was back in that red rag top
On the day she stopped loving me
I was back in that red rag top
On the day she stopped loving me


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"Red Ragtop" as written by Jason Sandbrink White Jason White

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    General CommentThis song is great! I'm surprised no one commented on it yet. Peace!
    zacsteron February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think its about "young love"---how nothing matters but being together and then "life" and the "real world" get in the way

    great song
    SageLFNon March 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song goes a lot deeper than young love. The first verse speaks for itself, although I think it's a little wistful. It's in the last two verses, though, where the sadness of the song really comes out. I am doing a research paper on abortion, and I've learned that often after an abortion the woman first feels terribly guilty (please don't stop loving me) but then begins to hate the man for not stopping her, which I think is why he says that she stopped loving him. This is such a sad song - it really made me stop and think after I heard it.
    notphilosophicalon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a great song, its just incredibly sad.
    specialK37on March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJason White wrote this song. You should listen to his version, which is much much better in my opinion. Great song by a great songwriter.
    JimmyKaneon June 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a awsome song.


    The abortion part is really sad
    hopelesslydreamingon October 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI definitely agree with JimmyKane. Jason White's version is tres awesome.

    Which makes me of think of the really complex nature of the issue of hand. His album was called Shades of Gray, and I think that speaks volumes about that song. Even though the act of abortion itself was bad, the person involved obviously wasn't...just a little young and unsure of the consequences of his actions. There's an incredible amount of regret in that song, and you can't help but sympathize.
    chordkidon July 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI got pregnant by my boyfriend of two years when we were 20. We were terrified, hopeless, heartbroken, overwhelmed w/fear that our families would kill us. We had to undo what was already done, and FAST. "So we did what we did and we tried to forget."
    Words can never do justice for the feelings I had as I laid on that cold table of February 14th, VALENTINE'S DAY. It was as if nothing had ever happened and we were relieved. It wasn't until the time of my due date that the feelings I had repressed ripped through me like a tornado. I quickly spiraled from regretful and depressed to suicide in the course of one weekend.

    "Well you do what you do and you pay for your sins
    And there’s no such thing as what might’ve been
    That’s a waste of time
    Drive you outta your mind"

    Nothing will ever fill the endless black hole in me. I'm never going to be whole again... I did a terrible and repulsive thing and I'm digusted by the terrible person I think I am.
    Jan11bwsnh2006on September 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment^ to above poster. you are not a terrible, disgusting person. i am against abortion but i still feel for you. you're life is not over. please don't feel that way about yourself.

    anyway i love this song. im only 17 and i think its kinda funny how it came on in this camper me and my girlfriend were in the first time we were about to have sex. not that it happened but idk im always going to think of her when i hear this song.
    bottlerocket88on November 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJan11,
    You are not a terrible person at all. I obviously don't know you but I know a few girls who have had abortions and really regret them like you but they are incredible, strong women. Everyone makes mistakes. I am pro life, but in my opinion, the abortion clinics are way more to blame than the women.

    I'm sure nothing I can say will make you feel better, but know I'm praying for you.
    mmms2009on March 24, 2008   Link

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