"Miss Ohio" as written by Gillian Howard Welch and David Todd Rawlings....
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    General CommentA "ragtop" is a convertible top.

    Such an awesome line, "I wanna do right, but not right now." It reminds me that there are things in life that we KNOW should be done, but we're too lazy and too busy enjoying ourselves to do them.

    Beyond that, I believe it's about a young beauty queen (Miss Ohio) that just wants to let her hair down and escape. She doesn't want the constraints of proper behavior or marriage.
    sakeboxon April 06, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Had you run around the shoulder"
    should be "Had your arm around her shoulder,"
    scottvodkaon August 02, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I know all about it
    you don't have to shout it
    I'm gonna straighten it out somehow."

    I love those lines, the way they're sung ♥
    This is one of my favorite songs, I think its so pretty.
    A guy on youtube does a gorgeous cover of it.
    wearesatelliteson November 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBand of Heathens and Miranda Lambert both do excellent cover versions of this song ...
    shep61on December 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song jumped out at me yesterday while driving in my car. I love how Gillian makes "rag top down" sound so salacious!

    I also suspect Gillian is brainy enough to know St. Augustine's prayer, "Lord, make me pure—but not yet."

    The song leaves me with the impression "Miss Ohio" is being pressured into marriage -- maybe pregnant? -- and is out for one last fling before settling down.
    LuckyTownon July 13, 2016   Link

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