Long black limousine
Shiniest car I've ever seen
The back seat is nice and clean
She rides as quiet as a dream
Someone dug a hole six long feet in the ground
I said goodbye to you and I threw my roses down
Ain't nothing left at all in the end of being proud
With me riding in a race car, and you flying through the clouds

I've had some time to think about you
And watch the sun sink like a stone
I've had some time to think about you
On the long ride home

One day I took your tiny hand
Put your finger in the wedding band
Your daddy gave a piece of land
We laid ourselves the best of plans
Forty years go by with someone laying in your bed
Forty years of things you wish you'd never said
How hard would it have been to say some kinder words instead
I wonder as I stare up at the sky turning red

I've had some time to think about you
And watch the sun sink like a stone
I've had some time to think about you
On the long ride home

Headlights staring at the driveway
The house is dark as it can be
I go inside and all is silent
It seems as empty as the inside of me

I've had some time to think about you
And watch the sun sink like a stone
I've had some time to think about you
On the long, on the long
Oh the long, on the long
On the long ride home


Lyrics submitted by AmandaPanda345, edited by thereisanerror, wingnut422

"Long Ride Home" as written by Patty Griffin

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    General CommentTo me it seems pretty plain that Patty is assuming the voice of man who has just left the funeral of his wife of 40 years. The "long ride home" is the ride home from the funeral.

    On the long ride home he recollects the beginning of their lives together, how over time he took her for granted, said unkind words, etc.

    Then he's pulling into the driveway and he realizes how empty his life is now without her.

    I imagine a person could sing this song from a widow's perspective, but it is very clearly from a widower's perspective.

    Patty has assumed the male voice before in "Top of the World". In that song she is singing from the perspective a man who has recently died. "One night they called me to supper, but I never got up. I stayed right there in my chair."
    jweyekon July 13, 2011   Link

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