Me and my best friend Lillian And her blue tick hound dog Gideon, Sittin' on the front porch cooling in the shade Singin' every song the radio played Waitin' for the Alabama sun to go down Two red dirt girls in a red dirt town Me and Lillian Just across the line and a little southeast of Meridian.
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" He never got farther than Vietnam, I was standin' there with her when the telegram come For Lillian. Now he's lyin' somewhere about a million miles from Meridian.
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 And the stars might fall on Alabama But one of these days I'm gonna swing My hammer down Away from this red dirt town I'm gonna make a joyful sound
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 Got in trouble with a boy from town Figured that she might as well settle down So she dug right in Across a red dirt line just a little south east from Meridian
She tried hard to love him but it never did take It was just another way for the heart to break So she dug right in. But one thing they don't tell you about the blues When you got em You keep on falling cause there ain't no bottom There ain't know end. At least not for Lillian
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 trying to kill. But there won't be a mention in the news of the world About the life and the death of a red dirt girl Names Lillian Who never got any farther across the line than Meridian.
Now the stars still fall on Alabama Tonight she finally laid That hammer down Without a sound In the red dirt ground
Writer/s: EMMYLOU HARRIS
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
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Michael Barnes from North CarolinaIn the fourth verse, it is not "she dug right in". Instead, it's "she tried to fit in"
AnonymousThe tune is very much like a Gordon Lightfoot song, as are some of the words.
Jj from AtlantaI love this album. Daniel Lanois was the perfect match for her. So hard hitting, and heart-felt. My favorite will always be Sally Rose, but few have had a run like our Emmylou!
Bill from UsSo many beautiful albums, and then she came out with this one, she wrote! read the lyrics to this song, it doesn't even need music, and yet with the melody, amazing! It's like an updated Harper Lee novel condensed into a poem! She (Emmylou) left Alabama long ago, but really never did!