They finally tore down that old barn along the highway
It’s been falling down since my mom was 17
Where she and her high school sweetheart
Took their shirts off in the dark
She wanted more but he kissed her
And said he’d never go that far
Not yet

He enlisted in the Army on the day he turned 18
And don’t you know he made the finest soldier you ever seen
On the day he was shipping out
His mama held his hand
She said I wish you didn’t want to go
You don’t have to be a man
Not yet

At night he dreams he’ll be by her side
He holds her little wallet picture so tight

It was hot day in July when the phone rang
She don’t remember now exactly what was said
All she heard was the voice inside her head
There’d be no wedding day
No picket fences, no wedding ring
No Mrs., no baby swing
No flowers all in bloom
No bride’s bouquet, no soldier groom
The future fell before her eyes
Oh no she cried, oh no
Not yet
We took a drive out past the farm along the highway
40 years come and gone and now that barn is too
Looking out the window
She smiled and she said
Honey, you should love with all your heart
Baby you should make that bet
Cuz no matter what
Someday a memory is all that you’ll have left
But I still remember
The day that we first met
And I have this flame in my heart
And it hasn’t gone out yet
Not yet

They finally tore down that old barn along the highway
It’s been falling down since my mom was 17



from Hush The Wild Horses, releases September 6, 2019


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Rachel Harrington Portland, Oregon

FOUR STARS: “ancient-sounding country noir" ~Q Magazine

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FOUR STARS: “a compelling blend of twang and swing … a sharply rendered sound portrait”

"She has a knack, like Gillian Welch, for writing new tunes for the Carter Family songbook."
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"Will steal your heart." ~Performing Songwriter
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