Daddy sits on the front porch swinging
Looking out on a vacant field
Used to be filled with burley t'bacca
Now he knows it never will

My brother found work in Indiana
Sister's a nurse at the old folks home
Mama's still cooking too much for supper
And me, I've been a long time gone

Been a long time gone
No, I ain't hoed a row since I don't know when
Long time gone, and it ain't coming back again

Delia plays that ol' church piano
Sittin' out on her daddy's farm
She always thought that we'd be together
Lord, I never meant to do her harm

Said she could hear me singin' in the choir
Me, I heard another song
I caught wind and hit the road runnin'
And Lord, I've been a long time gone

Been a long time gone
Lord, I ain't had a prayer since I don't know when
Long time gone, and it ain't comin' back again

Now me, I went to Nashville
Tryin' to beat the big deal
Playin' down on Broadway
Gettin' there the hard way
Living from a tip jar
Sleeping in my car
Hocking my guitar
Yeah, I'm gonna be a star

Now, me and Delia singing every Sunday
Watching the children and the garden grow
We listen to the radio to hear what's cookin'
But the music ain't got no soul

Now they sound tired but they don't sound Haggard
They've got money but they don't have Cash
They got Junior but they don't have Hank
I think, I think, I think, the rest is
A long time gone

No, I ain't hit the roof since I don't know when
Long time gone, and it ain't coming back

I said a long time gone
No, I ain't honked the horn since I don't know when
Long time gone, and it ain't coming back again

I said a long time, long time, long time gone
Well, it's been a long time

Long time, long time, long time gone
Oh, it's been a long time gone

Long time, long time, long time gone
Yeah, yeah


Lyrics submitted by meggymac31

"Long Time Gone" as written by Darrell Scott

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  • +2
    General CommentThe last verse refers to the shape of country music radio these days...stating it has "no soul"...which I agree with..
    "they sound tired but they don't sound haggard"....refers to Merle Haggard

    "they got money but they don't have cash"...refers to Johnny Cash

    "They got junior but they don't have Hank"...Refers to Hank Williams Sr.......

    A brilliant country song and Great comentary also....
    jerryskidon January 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it would be improved if "hoed a row" was "rode a ho'", it was written by a bloke anyway, i think thats what he really meant. He's dead dirty you know, just like JJ.
    chriswatts83on March 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"hold a rope" should be "hoed a row" sorry
    meggymac31on June 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am from a small town in MS and this song just hits home for me, I have been a long time gone!!
    RcKsHwGrL1969on July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song doesn't pertain to me at all but i stil like it =)
    juliegrayon July 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGREAT song.. doesn't need much explaining but it's definatly more great stuff from the chix
    VintageCutieon July 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've just left my radio on Cat Country lately, and heard this song. I'm, sorry, but I've never liked country a bit. But this song is about the first one I heard on the station, and now I never leave the station. I love the Chicks ^_^
    shamelesson July 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI ain't really into country music but when i heard this song it just catched my attention..I luv it
    Nshortiec4on September 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentback to the roots, chicks!!! i like the new cd sooo much! anyone get the the "they got money but they don't have Cash" is about the man, johnny cash? just felt i needed to bring that up, in case people were confused. anyway, i like this song -- it kinda transcends what they're talking about to their music career, if you look at it.
    chickonstageon September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really good. I kind of like the beat. It goes back to their early roots. Definitely Dixie Chicks material. I hope they're around for a long long time. :)
    zacsteron March 18, 2003   Link

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