"The Long Way Around" as written by and Martie Maguire Natalie Maines....
My friends from high school
Married their high school boyfriends
Moved into houses in the same ZIP codes
Where their parents live

But I, I could never follow
No, I, I could never follow

I hit the highway in a pink RV with stars on the ceiling
Lived like a gypsy
Six strong hands on the steering wheel

I've been a long time gone now
Maybe someday, someday I'm gonna settle down
But I've always found my way somehow

By taking the long way
Taking the long way around
Taking the long way
Taking the long way around

I met the queen of whatever
Drank with the Irish, and smoked with the hippies
Moved with the shakers
Wouldn't kiss all the asses that they told me to

No, I, I could never follow
No, I, I could never follow

It's been two long years now
Since the top of the world came crashing down
And I'm getting' it back on the road now

But I'm taking the long way
Taking the long way around
I'm taking the long way
Taking the long way around
The long...
The long way around

Well, I fought with a stranger, and I met myself
I opened my mouth, and I heard myself
It can get pretty lonely when you show yourself
Guess I could have made it easier on myself

But I, I could never follow
No, I, I could never follow

Well, I never seem to do it like anybody else
Maybe someday, someday I'm gonna settle down
If you ever want to find me, I can still be found

Taking the long way
Taking the long way around
Taking the long way
Taking the long way around


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"The Long Way Around" as written by Natalie Maines Martha Maguire

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    General CommentNot the most difficult song to interpret in the light of the Great Bush Scandal which saw the Chicks' CDs burned by the thousands. Burning plastic speaks for itself: now, if only the burners would get a bit closer to the fumes, we might be getting somewhere, evolutionwise.

    Along with its companion piece "Not Ready To Make Nice," this is one of the most beautifully raised middle fingers and declarations of independence ever written.
    raffishtenant2on October 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love the part "it's been two years now since the top of the world came crashing down" since top of the world was the name of their last tour. this is my my favorite song so far off the new album. tho it's in tough competition, they are all so great!
    Heather200408on May 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Heather200408 - the top of the world line is amazing! Top of the World is one of my favorite songs from their last album. I think the meaning of this song is quite clear and definitely has attitude.

    The part "six strong hands on the steering wheel" means that the three girls are ready to take charge and take their music in their own direction - and I like it!
    Marchicaon May 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song - It reminds me of Wide Open Spaces in a way. It's a very relatable song - I think everyone feels like they need to get out and do their own thing - Whether it's 'smoking with the hippies' or whatever!
    Simplethings18on May 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti was wondering interpretations of the this song...the whole song its about her being on her own and doing her own thing but then in the last few lines they say "If you ever want to find me I can still be found"...is this implying she still wants to be with that one she was once with?
    roland23on March 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I hit the highway in a pink RV with stars on the ceiling"
    Dixie Chicks used to travel to places to play in a pink trailer

    "Six strong hands on the steering wheel"
    The 3 girls are strong and make decisions

    Well, I fought with a stranger and I met myself
    Stranger = Bush

    I opened my mouth and I heard myself
    It can get pretty lonely when you show yourself
    Guess I could have made it easier on myself
    She could have just not said anything

    But I, I could never follow
    No I, I could never follow
    She doesnt conform
    bugmenot123on April 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the line "If you ever want to find me, I can still be found" means that even though the Chicks aren't a big as before, they'll still play music, and put out cds, which the die-hard fans can find and buy.
    Simplethings18on May 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn response to the "If you ever want to find me, I can still be found..." lyrics:

    I'm pretty sure it means that after all this time and all of these experiences they are still taking the long way around.

    The long way is a metaphor for doing things their own way. No really going with the flow or agreeing with the popular opinion. I personally can really appreciate this song...
    Furtado Fan37on April 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it is "I opened my mouth and I hurt myself" isn't it?

    Well, anyway, this song reminds me of a girl I knew who had a non-traditional young adulthood. She dropped out of high school, moved in with a much older boyfriend, ran away with a friend, lived in a van, driving up and down the west coast, getting odd jobs for money or stealing. She ended up having kids and settling down, but still talks about what a fight it is to leave the freedom behind her.

    I always though I would have that kind of crazy 'long way around' life too but I ended up on the short-way route when I got accepted to a prestigious school. Now I'm studying business and fighting the rigor and responsibility every day. I listen to this song and think, why am I here, on this path leading me to some corporate job and textbook life?

    As much as I do love school, I would very much like to be out in the world taking the long way around, truly and fearlessly experiencing life, having all the crazy experiences described in this song. The lyrics just mean a lot to me. I console myself by thinking, there is still a way. I don't have to live this traditional life. I have so many options to explore, still. I can still take the long way around.

    xsn13on May 03, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI tend to have thought a lot about this last album they collaborated on.... It was their goodbye for now... I would just love if Natalie came back with that strong voice, and the girls amazing harmony as a trio use to be freakin perfect! Plus those girls got me through a lot!

    Can't wait till they pair up again.... ;) at least I really hope so. This entire album is about their great success' and screw ups and the entire remark about that Bush fiasco

    Let's explain:

    My friends from high school
    Married their high school boyfriends
    Moved into houses in the same ZIP codes
    Where their parents live

    (These girls we're young women when they started this particular trio; most other peers of theirs did exactly that while these girls we're traveling all across the world.)

    But they could never follow.

    I hit the highway in a pink RV with stars on the ceiling
    Lived like a gypsy
    Six strong hands on the steering wheel

    (I think this is from back in the early days of the old Dixie Chick band when they traveled they also we’re very strong women they we’re so free)

    I've been a long time gone now
    Maybe someday, someday I'm gonna settle down
    But I've always found my way somehow
    By taking the long way
    Taking the long way around
    Taking the long way
    Taking the long way around

    (They aren’t really ready to quick which later eluded to but but they are ready to settle down, they have kids and husbands.)

    It's been two long years now
    Since the top of the world came crashing down
    And I'm getting' it back on the road now
    Well, I fought with a stranger and I met myself
    I opened my mouth and I heard myself
    It can get pretty lonely when you show yourself
    Guess I could have made it easier on myself

    (I think all of this is Natalie’s contribution though I do feel strongly she had a lot to do with this song. Her remarks about bush that got blown out of control it really hurt them… While everyone was burning them and publicly destructing their artwork I clutched onto mine. Natalie spoke up, realized she may not want to have said that personal opinion, but she says “It can get pretty lonely when you show yourself (Most people took offence to it, though she was just sharing her opinion; but she felt hurt because ppl wanted nothing to do with her or them as a group after that; and after that their record label dropped them :/ and this record sale was a low for them at the time…) Guess I could have made it easier on myself (she screwed up she knows )”

    But I, I could never follow
    No I, I could never follow

    Well, I never seem to do it like anybody else
    Maybe someday, someday I'm gonna settle down
    If you ever want to find me I can still be found

    (I’ve already explained the first 2 lines; but the last phrase I would hope remains true: If you ever still want to find her (Natalie) you can still find her… The Two Erwin sisters started the Court Yard Hounds; Natalie was blacklisted from many places…

    Taking the long way
    Taking the long way around
    AceEmAceon March 19, 2011   Link

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