"The Valley Road" as written by Bruce Hornsby and Jonathan Hornsby....
Sometimes I lead sometimes I follow
This time I'll go where she wants me to go
She said maybe today maybe tomorrow
Go deep in the woods down the low valley road

While no one was lookin' on the old plantation
He took her all the way down the long valley road
They sent her away not too much later
And left him walking down the old valley road
Walk on, walk on alone
Walk on, walk on, walk on alone

Out in the hall they were talking in a whisper
Everybody noticed she was gone awhile
Somebody said she's gone to her sister's
But everybody knew what they were talking about

While no one was lookin' on the old plantation
He showed her what they do down the long valley road
She came back around like nothing really happened
And left him standing on the old valley road
Walk on, walk on alone
Walk on, walk on, walk on alone

Standing like a stone on the old plantation
The rich old man would have never let him in
Good enough to hire not good enough to marry
When it all happens nobody wins
Walk on, walk on alone
Walk on, walk on, walk on alone


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"The Valley Road" as written by Jonathan Hornsby Bruce Hornsby

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    General CommentI was told that this song tells the story of a young, rape victim who is too ashamed to tell anyone the truth of what happened. The girl in the song is described coming back around "like nothing really happened", and with the line "good enough to hire not good enough to marry", which, to me, indicates some sort of unwanted, sexual encounter. This is supported by the fact that the people described in the song inhabit the south (old plantation), which tells me that any discussion of an inappropriate sexual encounter would be a shameful burden or a taboo on a young girl. Truly a beautiful, thoughtful and deep song by one of the greats of our time. The second best Bruce in music, after his royal Bossness (Bruce Springsteen, of course).
    hoagiejon January 15, 2009   Link

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