Her hair was dyed black and she was bending down
Picking something from off the ground
She was seventeen
And he said, "Oh my God, it's Kate"
She said "No, I'm the daughter of Kate
My name is Martha, who are you?
Ma never told me, never told me 'bout you"
He put his big middle-aged hands upon her shoulders
And he looked her in the eyes
Just like a boy of nineteen would do
And she was not afraid
No, she was not afraid
Once upon a time two kids in love in a car were flyin' over mountains
Trying to catch a boat that'd take 'em up river to home...
And they raced the Matapedia
Sixty minutes sixty miles
Thirty minutes thirty miles
Twenty minutes twenty miles
Ten nine eight....
And I was not afraid
No, I was not afraid
Well we made the boat with minutes to spare
And we crossed on over to the other side
And back home, safe and sound
But I could not slow down
No, I could not slow down
And we raced the Matapedia
Sixty minutes sixty miles
Thirty minutes thirty miles
Twenty minutes twenty miles
Ten nine eight
But I could not slow down
No, I could not slow down
I was not afraid
No, I was not afraid
I could not slow down 'cause I was not afraid


Lyrics submitted by pieligero

"Matapedia" as written by Kate Mcgarrigle Anna Mcgarrigle

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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    General CommentThe "Daighter of Kate", Martha, in the song refers to an actual real life person - Kate McGarrigle's daughter Martha Wainwright, who also sing backing on the track.

    Matapedia is a river in Canada, and likewise a place. It's a town located on the Quebec/New Brunswick border, where the Matapedia river becomes one with the Restigouch River, eventually flowing out into the Chaleur Bay. This point is also the start of the Appalachians.
    Countrymusicandcheron June 10, 2019   Link

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