For a change she got out before he hurt her bad
Took her records and clothes
And pictures of her boy
It really made her sad
Packed it up and didn't look back
"I'm okay, let's just forget all about him"
The car was cold and it smelled like old cigarettes and pine
In her bag I saw things she drew when she was nine
Like this one here
Her alone, nobody near
"What a shame, let's just not talk about it"
No, it doesn't look like you
But you did wear cowboy boots
That's your fame
There's no question about it
Once we got back inside
With one ear to the ground
I was ready to hide
Because I don't know who's around
And you look scared
"It's our secret, do not tell, okay?
Let's just not talk about it
Don't tell, okay?
Let's just forget all about it"

Lyrics submitted by EnjOy IncUbus, edited by Jate

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    General Commentyeah it does make sense, but i am also curious as to what source he got that from. I think from the sounds of it, at first the mother takes her son and leaves, but decides she has to go back even though they both know thats a bad idea. hence the lines:
    Once we got back inside
    With one ear to the ground
    I was ready to hide
    'cos I don't know who's around
    and you look scared
    it's our secret do not tell okay?
    Let's just not talk about it
    that would fit the fact that his mother and stepfather are still together. This is one of the best songs on roman candle. I love it.
    lisalynnon February 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Elliott and his Mom leaving his abusive step-father, Charlie, when he was little. "She (his mom) got out before he hurt her bad."
    Dante Sinton December 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat makes sense, Dante_Sint, but what are your sources? Also, Bunny and Charlie Welch are still married...a
    NishFetson December 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor some reason this reminds me of Good to Go. the content matter and the maybe the tempo? any thoughts?
    lost_in_twlighton April 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanother sweet and gentle.........he sings everything as if there is an inevitability about it..........RIP
    badgeon May 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm pretty sure it's "things she drew when she was nine", not mine. which actually makes more sense if he's talking about his mom.
    mtolskyon January 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts NINE not MINE and its THING not FRAME
    Lloydon February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti don't know, guys.
    elliott always said that he didn't write alot of songs about personal events in his life, but you never know.
    all's i know is that everytime i head
    "but you did wear cowboy boots"
    i want to cry for some unknown reason
    amy_marie00on August 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe did say he did not write about personal events. He also said that none of his songs ever meant anything, he just "Thought they sounded cool," which we know is a lie. I'm not saying that he did write about personal events, and that THAT was a lie, I'm just saying it's a possibility. He hated the thought of everyone who listened to his music linking it to his personal life.
    My thoughts when I listened to this song were the same as lisalynn's.
    TenderLumplingon September 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds like it was painful to make. I do know a lot of his songs evolve from metaphors, like Single File, but this one has a quiet reality to it.
    Sinfantile76on March 22, 2008   Link

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