Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl cover

Red Dirt Girl
by Emmylou Harris
Lyrics and Meaning

Sep 12, 2000

Red Dirt Girl Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
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
Verse 2
Waitin' for the Alabama sun to go down
Two red dirt girls in a red dirt town
Me and Lillian
Verse 3
Just across the line
And a little southeast of Meridian
Verse 4
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"
Verse 5
He never got farther than Vietnam
I was standin' there with her
When the telegram come for Lillian
Verse 6
Now he's lyin' somewhere
About a million miles from Meridian
Verse 7
She said, ?There's not much hope for a red dirt girl
Somewhere out there is a great big world
That's where I'm bound"
Verse 8
"And the stars might fall on Alabama
But one of these days I'm gonna swing
My hammer down"
Verse 9
Away from this red dirt town
I'm gonna make a joyful sound
Verse 10
She grew up tall and she grew up thin
Buried that old dog Gideon
By a crepe myrtle bush in the back of the yard
Her daddy turned mean and her mama leaned hard
Verse 11
Got in trouble with a boy from town
Figured that she might as well settle down
So she dug right in
Verse 12
Across a red dirt line
Just a little south east of Meridian
Verse 13
Yes, she tried hard to love him
But it never did take
Just another way for the heart to break
So she learned [Incomprehensible]
Verse 14
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 at least not for Lillian
Verse 15
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 dream she was tryin' to kill
Verse 16
But there won't be a mention in the new little world
About the life and the death of a red dirt girl
Named Lillian
Verse 17
Who never got any farther
Across the line than Meridian
Verse 18
Now the stars still fall on Alabama
Tonight she finally laid
That hammer down without a sound
In the red dirt ground

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