On a bus to St. Cloud, Minnesota
I thought I saw you there
With the snow falling down around you
Like a silent prayer
And once on a street in New York City
With the jazz and the sin in the air
And once on a cold L.A. freeway
Going nowhere
And it's strange, but it's true
I was sure it was you
Just a face in the crowd
On a bus to St. Cloud

In a church in downtown New Orleans
I got down on my knees and prayed
And I wept in the arms of Jesus
For the choice you made
We were just gettin' to the good part
Just gettin' past the mystery
Oh, and it's just like you, it's just like you
To disagree
And it's strange but it's true
You just slipped out of view
Like a face in the crowd
On a bus to St. Cloud

And you chase me like a shadow
And you haunt me like a ghost
And I hate you some, and I love you some
But I miss you most

On a bus to St. Cloud, Minnesota
I thought I saw you there
With the snow falling down around you
Like a silent prayer


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    General Comment

    i remember my ma playing this song all the time. its meaning is simple: a woman thinks of her old flame while she tries to move on, missing him and wishing that he hadn't decided to leave her.

    Karileeon September 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    I think about how it feels to lose someone who is still alive you hate them love them and miss them

    lmpfanon December 10, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation

    This song is about losing a loved one to suicide. Regardless of where she is geographically (New York, L.A., New Orleans, St. Cloud) she is haunted by the face of the person she lost.

    "You chase me like a shadow You haunt me like a ghost And I hate you so And I love you so But I miss you most..."

    The first few lines of the second verse allude to a 'choice' that was made-

    "In a church in downtown New Orleans I got down on my knees and prayed And I wept in the arms of Jesus For the choice you made"

    The choice was taking his/her own life. :(

    A bit of trivia- This song was written by Matraca Berg, who also wrote Martina McBride's first #1 single, "Wild Angels".

    allfiredupon October 13, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaning

    I agree with Karilee. It's about a past love and trying to move on. I think the lyrics.... "You chase me like a shadow, you haunt me like a ghost, and I hate you some, and I love you some.. but I miss you the most" Are so powerful. So many can relate to feeling this after a relationship is over, and we are having a hard time leaving it behind

    jennee76on October 14, 2011   Link

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