Co-written by Garth Brooks, his wife Sandy Mahl-Brooks and guitarist Pat Alger
, this song - probably a fantasy - is about a youth who loses his virginity to an older woman while he is working on her farm miles from anywhere. Though not in any way sexually explicit, the listener is left in no doubt as to what happened after he'd drunk his coffee. Such encounters are not uncommon either in real life or in fiction; probably the best known cinematic example is the 1967 film The Graduate
- based on the novel of the same name - in which an introverted youth is seduced by a bored and totally wanton housewife - Mrs Robinson. A less sordid encounter occurs in the 1971 film Summer Of '42
wherein a young war widow has a liaison with a precocious youth, a scenario more in keeping with this uptempo but sensitive Garth Brooks number in which two strangers are drawn together by loneliness and circumstances, and where the youth in question is haunted by this transient experience for the rest of his life.
A paradox here is that such sexual encounters are considered taboo when the older party is male and the teen is a young girl, while a young man whose virginity is taken by an experienced older woman is simply undergoing a rite of passage.
Alexander Baron - London, England