Nashville
Lyrics Gretchen Peters

Written by: David Mead

Produced by: Doug Lancio, Gretchen Peters, Barry Walsh

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On a childhood highway through a night alone
I was barely breathing, I was crawling home
Well it's not quite London or the south of France
Or an Asian island or a second chance

Going back to Nashville, thinking 'bout the whole thing
Guess you gotta run sometimes
Maybe I'm a fast train rolling down a mountain
Watching all my life go by

You're a distant memory, you're an exit sign
I was talking crazy on the driver's side
And I know I hurt you but I can't confess
Was that blood or a wine stain on your wedding dress?

Going back to Nashville, thinking about the whole thing
Guess you gotta run sometimes
Maybe I'm a fast train rolling down a mountain
Watching all my life go by

Going back to Nashville, laughing at a bad break
What's the use in wondering why?
Baby, I'm a storm front blowing through the valley
Tearing up a good July

And it's safe and warm where nothing ever happens
Would it be so hard to realign a star or two?
Change a southern night for you

Well it's not quite evening and it's not New York
There's a scar in the blue sky by the old airport
And I'm talking crazy on the driver's side
I will always love you like a long goodbye

Song facts

"I have loved this song, and the stunningly beautiful recording of it made by its writer, David Mead, for ten years now. In many ways "Nashville" the song created connections that run deep through the last three studio albums I've made, from "Burnt Toast & Offerings" through "Hello Cruel World" to "Blackbirds". Barry and I first saw David on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium, opening for Bruce Hornsby. Alongside him was another David (Henry) – a fantastic cello player, very animated and possessing a certain aggressiveness that you don't find every day in string players. I fell in love with them both. I went on to write "Lady Of The House" with David Mead, who sang on it, too; I went on to make five records in which David Henry played a significant part. Always, I had "Nashville" in the back of my mind. I finally surrendered and recorded it. David gave his blessing, and can be heard singing that impossibly high harmony, as he does, gracefully and effortlessly." - Gretchen Peters

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