I Am A Town Lyrics - Mary Chapin Carpenter

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(Mary Chapin Carpenter)

I'm a town in Carolina, I'm a detour on a ride
For a phone call and a soda, I'm a blur from the driver's side
I'm the last gas for an hour if you're going twenty-five
I am Texaco and tobacco, I am dust you leave behind

I am peaches in September, and corn from a roadside stall
I'm the language of the natives, I'm a cadence and a drawl
I'm the pines behind the graveyard, and the cool beneath their shade, where the
boys have left their beer cans
I am weeds between the graves.

My porches sag and lean with old black men and children
Their sleep is filled with dreams, I never can fulfill them
I am a town.

I am a church beside the highway where the ditches never drain
I'm a Baptist like my daddy, and Jesus knows my name
I am memory and stillness, I am lonely in old age; I am not your destination
I am clinging to my ways
I am a town.

I'm a town in Carolina, I am billboards in the fields
I'm an old truck up on cinder blocks, missing all my wheels
I am Pabst Blue Ribbon, American, and "Southern Serves the South"
I am tucked behind the Jaycees sign, on the rural route
I am a town
I am a town
I am a town

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Remembering the Forties | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/25/11

Whoever wrote these lyrics had to remember being a small person with his or her nose pressed against the car window taking in a whole new world - just like me. I saw it all, and remember it all in just that way: from the Pabst Blue Ribbon to the jacked-up never-to-run-again trucks. Like Mary, I "kept all these things in my heart and have pondered over them" many times Thank you to Mary Chapin Carpenter.

I Agree | Reviewer: Brenda | 9/3/08

I remember trips to visit the Grandparents in Missouri back in the late 60s and early 70s and this song brings up all those memories. I have always loved this song and the imagery that results from the memories.

Oh what traveling memories! | Reviewer: Ken Ferencz | 8/2/07

I can sure remember back in the 1950's in the car
with my parents and my sister on many vacations going to Florida from New Jersey before turnpikes and interstates seeing all the road signs trucks on cinder blocks and so on....this song just brings back so much good memories..don't forget "Burma Shave"

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