Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Red Dirt Girl"

Me and my best Friend, Lillian
And her Blue Tick Hound dog, Gideon
Sittin' on the front porch, coolin' in the shade
Singin' every Song the radio played
Waitin' for the Alabama Sun to go down
Two Red Dirt Girls, in a Red Dirt Town
Me and Lillian
Just across the Line, and a little Southeast, of Meridian.

She Loved her brother,  I remember back when
He was fixin' up a 49' Indian
He told her, little Sister, gonna ride the Wind
Up around the Moon and back, again
He never got farther than Vietnam
I was standin' there with her, when the telegram come
For Lillian
Now, he's lyin' somewhere, about a Million miles, from Meridian.

She said, there's not much here, for a Red Dirt Girl  
Somewhere out there is a great Big World
That's where I'm Bound
 And the Stars might Fall in Alabama
But one of these Days, I'm gonna Swing
My Hammer Down
Away from this Red Dirt Town
I'm gonna make a Joyful Sound.

She grew up Tall, and she grew up Thin
Buried that olde Dog, Gideon
By a Crepe Myrtle Bush, at the back of the Yard
Her Daddy turned mean, and her Mama Leaned hard
Got in trouble, with a boy in Town
Figured that she might as well, settle down
So, she dug right in
Across a Red Dirt Line, just a little Southeast, from Meridian.

She tried hard to Love him, but it never did take
It was just another Way for her Heart to Break
So she Learned  to Bend
But one Thing they don't tell you, about the Blues
When you got em
You keep on Fallin', cause there ain't no Bottom
There ain't no End
Least not, for Lillian. 

Nobody Knows when she started her Skid
She was only 27, and she had five Kids
Could'a been the whiskey
Could'a been the pills
Could'a been the Dreams, she was tryin' to kill
But there won't be a mention in the News, of the World
About the Life and Death, of a Red Dirt Girl
Named, Lillian
Who never got any further, across the Line, than Meridian.

Now, the Stars still Fall on Alabama
Tonight, she finally Laid
That Hammer Down
Without a Sound
In the Red Dirt Ground.

Emmylou Harris

30 June,2015     



  1. Beautiful Song my dear friend, Thank you!!! :)

  2. ~Wopila, Redwolf. Wopila, my dear friend.