"Burgundy Shoes" as written by and Patricia J. Griffin....
We wait for the bus that's going to Bangor
In my plaid dress and burgundy shoes
In your red lipstick and lilac kercheif
You're the most pretty lady in the world

The bus driver smiles, a dime and a nickel
We climb on our seats, the vinyl is cold
"Michelle ma belle", the song that you loved then
You hold my hand and sing to yourself
Sun sun
Sun sun
Sun sun sun sun

Sun sun sun sun
Sun sun sun sun

The leaves are green and new like a baby
Tulips are red, now I don't miss the snow
It's the first day I don't wear my big boots
You hold my hand, I've got burgundy shoes
Burgundy shoes, burgundy shoes

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"Burgundy Shoes" as written by Patricia J. Griffin

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    General Comment“‘Burgundy Shoes’ was really trying to find a moment in my memory that I could really feel joy in and I went back to one of my earliest memories of waiting for the bus in the town that I grew up in. It was a big, exciting trip to the big city that was Bangor, Maine (laughs) with my mom on a really beautiful spring day. When you grow up in the Northeast, you have to wear big boots for the whole winter and then suddenly your mom says it’s OK to take your boots off and you feel like you’re walking on air ‘cause your feet are in these shoes. And they’re pretty shoes, not ugly boots. It was just that simple moment - having that time with my mom and thinking about I used to think she was the most beautiful woman in the world. When you start digging back into being really little, you find all these memories that are very pure and aren’t crowded by anxiety or anything like that. I was trying to write that song from the point of view of who I was then.”
    -Patty Griffin

    That's exactly the image I got when I ran across this track on her latest release. I played it like 5 times in a row. What a great song...
    dcrokeron June 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentin my opinion the song is about a faint memory of patty's, maybe with her mom? physically moving from a very cold place, to a warm town, and all the metaphors along with it.
    portalqeyon March 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentportalqey I think you are right. That is exactly what I think.
    By the way, in my opinion this song is probably one of patty's best songs. I have listened to it hundreds of time already :)
    garbage792on March 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so just genuinely beautiful.
    _Rachel_on March 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPeople living in the south may not understand this. I grew up in Toronto where the change of seasons is clearly felt. The first time I heard this song it sent me right back to my childhood. For a few years, on the first warm day of spring, I would put on my sneakers, get on my bike and just cruise back and forth on the street in front of our house. It's hard to describe the feeling of energy that used to surge through my body, like liquid bliss. It was like the warm sun that I could feel above me was pulling it up from my feet to the top of my head - like a magnet. I used to wonder if the sun was God. I guess it kind of is. It was here before the earth and in a way, created us.
    Johny108on August 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe great thing about this song is the economy. Everything is just as it is the way remembered. It becomes us waiting for that bus, you can look down and see the burgundy shoes, feel the cold vynyl seat; great when you had your big boots on all winter, now your feet are light and legs are bare and oh that stuff, Sun, Sun, Sun Sun....
    NWNmoonon February 24, 2010   Link

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