"Strawberry Wine" as written by Matraca Maria Berg and Gary Stefan Harrison....
He was working through college on my grandpa's farm
I was thirsting for knowledge and he had a car
I was caught somewhere between a woman and a child
When one restless summer we found love growing wild
On the banks of the river on a well beaten path
It's funny how those memories they last
Like strawberry wine and seventeen
The hot July moon saw everything
My first taste of love oh bittersweet
Green on the vine
Like strawberry wine

I still remember when thirty was old
And my biggest fear was September when he had to go
A few cards and letters and one long distance call
We drifted away like the leaves in the fall
But year after year I come back to this place
Just to remember the taste
Of strawberry wine and seventeen
The hot July moon saw everything
My first taste of love oh bittersweet
Green on the vine
Like strawberry wine

The fields have grown over now
Years since they've seen the plow
There's nothing time hasn't touched
Is it really him or the loss of my innocence
I've been missing so much

Like strawberry wine and seventeen
The hot July moon saw everything
My first taste of love oh bittersweet
Green on the vine
Like strawberry wine
Strawberry wine
Strawberry wine


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"Strawberry Wine" as written by Matraca Berg Gary Harrison

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  • +1
    General Commentone of the greatest country songs. About a girl who was seventeen and stayed at her grandpa's farm and bascially hooked up with this guy, her first taste of love. Every year she goes back and things havent changed much there but the loss of her innocence haunts her.
    sambeeon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about a girl who meets a guy who is a couple of years older than her. They spend a lot of time together that summer. She experiences a whole new world with him. They fall in love. She is reminiscing about her relationship with him. Now she's looking back at it all. She was so terrified for the day he had to leave for college because she felt that they would lose touch and eventually that's what happend. When she goes back to her grandpa's farm, she remembers him and the memories are bittersweet because he and her first love are no longer in contact and he is just a part of her past. The "innocence" is most likely her virginity. She wonders if it's that or the actual guy that she misses. This song is beautiful and speaks personally to me.
    AnnaMontanaon December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is actually beautiful. Looking at these interpretations I wonder what Deana Carter intended for this song to mean. Some people are saying that this is a sad song because it's about the regret of her first love and the loss of innocence. They say that it is just about sex and nothing else, but I would love it more as a love song. It's bittersweet because she misses her innocence, but maybe she does not regret it because she says that she goes back year after year to "remember the taste of strawberry wine." Why would she go back if it was painful? Her first taste of love was a taste of strawberry wine when she was young and naive. Her first taste of love may not have been sex, but love making. There is a difference. "The hot July moon saw everything." It was a romantic night in the country and it was so romantic that they could not resist, nor could their hormones resist (no really), and that is where the loss of her innocence comes in. Sounds silly, but that's my interpretation. She might miss her innocence, but she might not regret it. It's a sad memory in that she lost her innocence and they were seperated, but it's a beautiful memory. Love hurts, but it was still her first love. Love should be experienced by everyone even if it sometimes end in heartache. It's bittersweet just like strawberry wine.
    Chase5on April 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about your first love, immature teen love. It doesn't take much to fall in love for the first time, but the feelings can last a lifetime. Her loss of innocence can refer to her virginity, but also to her first heartbreak and how after that, you are never the same again. She reminisces and acknowledges the relationship for what it was.

    Strawberry Wine is an anthem for your first love and youth. Beautiful.
    beacheson October 06, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis just happens to be the only country song that I have ever and probably will ever like because I don't like country music. It reminds me of my relationship w/ my bf.
    XoxoLauren87on July 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song has a lot of meanings to me. My first experience was when I was 17 on a hot july day. This song reminds me a lot about my boyfriend and me sharing our moments together. Its something very special. :)
    noodleNgrouchon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about a girl losing her virginity when she was 17
    blowpop51on September 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe only country song i like. favorite part being,

    "On the banks of the river on a well beaten path
    It's funny how those memories they last"
    clairebabyon October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song is about young love and perhaps regret at that relationship when she was young.
    starfireon February 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's funny that her "thirst for knowledge" is quenched by a guy with a car, haha.
    Nataliexoon February 15, 2005   Link

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