Song Lyric Sunday: I Am a Town

Music is part of my daily life. I sing every day. I’m always listening and/or dancing to something. So when I found Song Lyric Sunday, I just had to participate! This week’s theme is traveling so today, I offer I Am a Town, an amazing piece of poetry set to music, by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Because my family went on road trips through the south when I was a kid.

Because I’ve driven roads like this myself.

Because I’m a writer and am enthralled by the details she draws with words.

Because I, too, notice details of things as I drive by, and attempt to write my experiences as beautifully and honestly as this.

Because she is an amazing writer and has a lovely, deeper voice, filled with emotion and authenticity.

Because it’s one of my favorite songs of all time.

I Am a Town (from Google)

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
Southbound.

Songwriters: Mary Carpenter / Mary Chapin Carpenter
I Am a Town lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


This post is part of Helen‘s Song Lyric Sunday. Read more about it and join in, in her post this week: Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 10/8/17.

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