it's been a long time coming
as you shed a lonesome tear
now your in a wonderama
I wonder what your doing here

the flame no longer flickers
you're feeling just like a fool
you keep staring into your liquor
I'm wondering what to do

I don't hardly know you
but I'd be willing to show you
I know a way to make you smile
let me touch you for a while

I'm gonna ruin my black mascara
you're drinking whiskey when it should be wine
you keep on looking in to that mirror
but to me your looking really fine

I don't hardly know you
but I'd be willing to show you
I know a way to make you laugh at that cowgirl as she's walking out your door
I know a way to make you smile
just let me whisper things
you never heard before
just let me touch you baby
just let me touch you for a while

I don't hardly know
but I'd be willing to show you
I know a way to make you smile

It's been a long time
let me touch you for a while

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    Song MeaningThe song is about a guy that always "picks the wrong girl". He comes into the bar again and again ALONE because he always ends up that way. She is a bartender and watched him again and again doing this to himself over and over (in the video). She says "You are drinking whiskey when you should be drinking wine" Meaning you are killing pain when the pain shouldn't be there in the first place. People often drink whiskey to kill pain and wine to celebrate or romantically. That is a cliche in all country/bluegrass music. She is saying stop wasting your love and time on "fly by night cowgirls" that keep bringing you down and give me a try for something real.
    Cal16on July 18, 2011   Link
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    General Commentok i'm not a huge fan of country but i really like this chick's voice...and its a cute song overall. "i know a way to make you smile..." has to be my favorite line. sometimes there are people you know that all you have to do is think of them...and then you smile. thats when you know you truly care about them. :)
    PunkStarron July 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhat a beautiful voice, and great musicianship. "So Long, So Wrong" and "New Favorite" are 2 of my favorite albums of all time. Country and bluegrass songs are often times very simple, and looking for a deeper meaning in them can lead you away from the actual meaning that is right there in front of you. Make no mistake about it, she is not talking about making someone smile by thinking about is about a bold and forthright woman who wants to share her desire for pleasure with a man who is apparently in a state where he could really use it........
    philw3000on June 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSomebody finally managed to retrofit blue grass for the 21st Century! Alison Krauss rocks! (Even though she doesn't)
    Commandroidon December 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAK is not Country. . .she is BLUEGRASS, there is a difference, believe me! Same feel, but different roots.
    gatormanon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. Anyone who has just listened to it should go on youtube and see it performed live. Seriously, it'll bring it to a whole new level.

    "I don't hardly know you", I think, means she doesn't know him very long or very well but she knows enough to know how to make him smile. Some people can do that. It seems to have sexual implications too - I know a way to make you smile.

    Alison Krauss didn't actually write it, I forget who did, but it's the same guy who wrote "The Lucky One".

    Her band are amazing. Jerry Douglas and Dan Tyminski kick ass. So talented.
    ErrorCoreon July 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with PunkStarr! It's a cute song.
    Dreamer08on September 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAK DOES Rock! She plays a mean fiddle!!
    Nurse0Samon February 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's sweet. But what does "I don't hardly know you" means: that she hardly knows him, that she don't know him or that she knows him quite well? It seems a bit double to me.
    And I don't get the "You're drinking whiskey when it should be wine" - I mean, if you like whiskey more... but OK, if it goes as fast as wine you might get into trouble.
    tugiton February 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's really too bad that this has never happened in the history of humanity, because GOD DAMN could I use it! hahaha
    jawstoneon September 28, 2009   Link

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