"A Modern Day Prodigal Son" as written by and Brantley Keith Gilbert....
I set out one night in the fast lane bound for freedom
In a truck that daddy bought me
And money mom had saved for school

I laid down all my books and picked up the drinking
Hell I let 'em down
When I gave up like a fool

And one reckless night just lookin' for my whiskey
I found a bible mama gave me and read a while
I read a story 'bout a man who lived just like me
Then finally ate his pride and came runnin' home

And lord I'm a renegade, a rambler
I've squandered all I've owned
A bonified runaway, I'm a gambler
Can't count the lies I've told
And I need redemption, how 'bout forgiveness
And I pray for open arms, and be with me lord
'cause I'm comin' home, like a modern day prodigal son

I had all of my things packed by early mornin'
I left that bottle I'd lost right there on the bathroom floor
I stopped at a payphone and called back home to mama
Yeah she might not even talk after all I've done

The phone rang twice before I got an answer
And mama nearly dropped the phone when she heard me say
I said mama it's your son and will yall have me
She said son you know I've longed for this day

[Chorus: x2]

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"A Modern Day Prodigal Son" as written by Brantley Keith Gilbert

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    General CommentBrantley ALWAYS dedicates this song to his mom. It's a song of how he left home in Jefferson and went to college and began drinking heavily and watching his grades slip further and further. As the song says, he ends up calling home thinking that they wouldn't speak to him after what all he had done. Much to his surprise, his parents allowed him to come back home.
    ratrlzon June 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song relates to the story in the bible about the prodigal son. He used up all of his parents money doing sinful things, but ends up returning to his family only to be greeted with open arms. I love how the song puts it in more modern times to help other people relate to the story.
    gbuntingon February 27, 2014   Link

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