When we were young, we pledged allegiance Every morning of our lives The classroom rang with children's voices Under teacher's watchful eye We learned about the world around us At our desks and at dinnertime Reminded of the starving children Cleaned our plates with guilty minds
The stones in the road We played like marbles in the dust Until a voice called for us To make our way back home The stones in the road
When I was ten, my father held me On his shoulders above the crowd To see a train draped in mourning Pass slowly through our town His widow kneeled with all her children At the sacred burial ground And the TV glowed that long hot summer With all the cities burning down
And the stones in the road Flew out from our bicycle tires Worlds removed from all those fires as we raced Each other home The stones in the road
And now we drink our coffee on the run Climb that ladder rung by rung We are the daughters and the sons But here's the line that's missing
The starving children have been replaced By souls out on the street We give a dollar when we pass And hope our eyes don't meet We pencil in, we cancel out We crave the corner suite We kiss your ass We make you hold, we doctor the receipt
Stones in the road Flew out from beneath our wheels Another day, another deal, before we get back home
The stones in the road Leave a mark from whence they came A thousand points of light or shame Baby, I don't know
Stones in the road
In the road
Writer/s: MARY CARPENTER, MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Arthur Fallowfield from Northants England.The funeral train was that of Bobby Kennedy which is pivotal to the song.
Matt from Clveland, OhSince MCC wrote the music and lyrics, most people would consider it wrong to say that another artist's cover cover would be superior, considering that the writer of the song is presenting the song as it was intended. While there is nothing wrong with Baez's version, Carpetner's version surpasses it every way.
Rich from Portsmouth, NhAs a Freshman I used to go down to the music room in our dorm--there was a scratchy scratchy copy of Farewell Angelina. Still, the stories + voice were poignant.
Alexander from London, United KingdomNot so clear to this Limey although I suppose it should have been, especially as I'm one of those rare types who believe Kennedy was murdered by Oswald rather than some airy fairy fanciful conspiracy.
Marina from Baltimore, MdThe "enigmatic funeral procession" was not due to the Vietnam War and not enigmatic at all. It was clearly a reference to the train carrying Robert Kennedy's body from New York to Washington. (Search YouTube for footage of the crowds that gathered spontaneously along the railroad tracks to pay homage, as Mary Chapin Carpenter's family evidently did). The widow who "kneeled with all their children" was Ethel Kennedy, then pregnant with her and RFK's 11th child. The second verse really works better with MCC singing it, because it recounts the tumultuous events of 1968 (both RFK's assassination and the riots following MLK's assassination) from the perspective of a 10-year-old child, which Mary was (Joan Baez was already a 27 year old folk goddess). The song is MCC's lament that her generation lost two important heroes that year, but it is also a plea to her peers not to sell out completely and abandon the ideals those men stood for.