I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand
Into the bus stop to pick up a paper for my old man
I'd sit on his lap in that big old Buick and steer as we drove through town
He'd tousle my hair and say son take a good look around this is your hometown
This is your hometown
This is your hometown
This is your hometown

In '65 tension was running high at my high school
There was a lot of fights between the black and white
There was nothing you could do
Two cars at a light on a Saturday night in the back seat there was a gun
Words were passed in a shotgun blast
Troubled times had come to my hometown
My hometown
My hometown
My hometown

Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more
They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown
Your hometown
Your hometown
Your hometown

Last night me and Kate we laid in bed
talking about getting out
Packing up our bags maybe heading south
I'm thirty-five we got a boy of our own now
Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good look around
This is your hometown



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    General CommentI don't think it necessarily has to be about his own personal home town, just inspired by it. This song is more about how the times changed and it could be talking about almost any small(ish) town in North America. It could also echo how he sees the world with more reality and less innocence as he grows up and grows older. First he's an eight year old boy, then a high school student, then an unemployed husband and father with a son who is presumably about the age he was at the start of the song. He wants his son to remember where they were both from as the family will probably be moving away to find work somewhere else.
    dangeruson January 10, 2012   Link

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