"Wide Open Spaces" as written by and S.l. Gibson....
Who doesn't know what I'm talking about
Who's never left home, who's never struck out
To find a dream and a life of their own
A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone

Many precede and many will follow
A young girl's dreams no longer hollow
It takes the shape of a place out west
But what it holds for her, she hasn't yet guessed

She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the high stakes

She traveled this road as a child
Wide eyed and grinning, she never tired
But now she won't be coming back with the rest
If these are life's lessons, she'll take this test

She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the high stakes

She knows the high stakes

As her folks drive away, her dad yells, "Check the oil!"
Mom stares out the window and says, "I'm leaving my girl"
She said, "It didn't seem like that long ago"
When she stood there and let her own folks know

She needed wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the high stakes

She knows the high stakes
She knows the highest stakes
She knows the highest stakes
She knows the highest stakes


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"Wide Open Spaces" as written by Susan Gibson

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    General CommentFunny how this song hits me right now, at the time where I can chose what to do next after having finished school. Now, that I've already gone the first steps into a year of work and travel 20 000 km away from home. I guess that's what it's about. Leaving the places and people that you've been knowing your entire life, because you feel like you have to start living on your own. Maybe it's not only about seing new places, but also about experiencing how it's like to do everything completely yourself. Maybe that feeling of independence and the will not to fail, although sometimes we make a big mistake, are the things that are the main factors why we are leaving.
    I love this song for all that and am thankful that music alway seems to hit me at the right time.
    wideopenspaceson July 08, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI want my mom to hear this song and take note from it
    Cranberriedon July 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti want to get married, move out west to a field in the middle of nowhere, build a house and live there forever making my life with someone i love....what a dream....hehehe
    jesusmyheartadoresuon August 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMeanLeanVanillaBean...its NOT garbage! how true this song is...it really sums up how i feel right now...and how many young girls will feel or are feeling...
    summerdropon April 25, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti dunt get the point of the song!!!!!!!!!
    wedanceinmiseryon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow can u not get the point of this song?
    obsessed78on June 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about growing up and taking that step into independence from your parents.
    keepbabblingon October 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song...it's very sweet.
    zacsteron November 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe meaning is pretty much spelled out for you...
    Misseveruson April 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts pretty obvious what this song means, leaving home, and becoming independent :))
    lowlife13on May 26, 2006   Link

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