Monday, January 17, 2011

Music Monday - Texas in My Rear View Mirror

I was born and raised in Texas. Texas equals home.

I'm not sure when I fell in love with this 1980 country song by Mac Davis but I do just love it. I love that it's a sing-along song. I love that it tells a story. I love that it mentions Buddy Holly. I love that it says "bury me in my jeans".

I couldn't find a link to a youtube video originally but Tim found this video of Trent Willmon singing it. It's a little bit slower than Mac's version and like the original better but I'll give Trent a break because he's so darn cute.









Here are the lyrics:

I was just fifteen and outta control
Lost to James Dean and rock and roll
I knew down deep in my country soul
That I had to get away
Hollywood was a lady in red
Who danced in my dreams
As I tossed in bed
I knew I'd wind up
In jail or dead
If I had to stay
I thought happiness
Was Lubbock, Texas
In my rear view mirror
My momma kept calling me home
But I just did not want to hear her
And the vision was getting clearer
In my dreams
So I laid out one night in June
Stoned on the glow of the Texas moon
Humming an old Buddy Holly tune
Called Peggy Sue
With my favorite jeans
And a cheap guitar
I ran off chasing a distant star
If Buddy Holly could make it that far
I figured I could too
And I thought happiness
Was Lubbock, Texas
In my rear view mirror
My momma kept calling me home
But I just did not want to hear her
And the vision was getting clearer
In my dreams
But the Hollywood moon didn't
Smile the same old smile
That I'd grown up with
The lady in red
Just wanted my last dime
And I cried myself to sleep at night
Too dumb to run, too scared to fight
And too proud to admit it at the time
So I got me some gigs on Saturday nights
Not much more than orchestrated fights
I'd come home drunk and I'd try to write
But the words came out wrong
Hell bent and bound for a wasted youth
Too much gin and not enough vermouth
And no one to teach me
How to seek the truth
Before I put it into song
I still thought happiness
Was Lubbock, Texas
In my rear view mirror
My momma kept calling me home
But I just could not, would not hear her
And the vision was getting clearer
In my dreams
Well, I thank God each and every day
For giving me the music and words to say
I'd-a never made it any other way
He was my only friend
Now I sleep a little better at night
When I look in the mirror
In the morning light
The man I see was both wrong and right
He's going home again
I guess happiness was Lubbock, Texas
In my rear view mirror
But now happiness is Lubbock, Texas
Growing nearer and dearer
And the vision is getting clearer
In my dreams
And I think I finally know
Just what it means
And when I die you can bury me
In Lubbock, Texas, in my jeans

5 comments:

Peggy said...

See you think of ME all the time
Love,
Peggy Sue

Cheryl Wilson - O'Pry said...

It bugs me that I can't find a youtube video or audio file to embed. Dang it!

:)

Margaret said...

I do love me some Mac Davis!!

Cheryl Wilson - O'Pry said...

And okay... so while I'm talking about this song... if I die in the near future which is not going to happen because I'm going to live to be 102... I am to be buried in my jeans. Or... my favorite CAbi black pants. Karlie knows the ones. At 102- who knows what I'll want to be buried in. :)

Thanks for reading ladies!

Anonymous said...

You will look cute in anything! But I've got you covered! :) I am taking two girlfriends to the airport this morning as they are on their way to see the new spring fashions at the fashion show and get their training for the season! There are some very cool things...so, you may change your mind about what you'd like to be wearing...when the time comes - down the road a ways. Love MD and totally forgot about that song! xx00