So Long

So Long

He never laid a hand on her

But the scars that he left are so deep

You can trace them like valleys in Tennessee's face

She failed at forgetting the good times

Every stranger's kind word brings to mind 

All the lost love she knows she can never replace


Now that daddy's gone down to the rough side of town

Just to find some smooth relief

And mama's there waiting with pretty round playthings

She prays can hide the grief

I watched by the window for daddy to say, "I'm home"

But mama's eyes said it's too late

So long, long, long

So long


She was just a baby, pure little spirit

Couldn’t know the effect that his sway

Would have on her life once she’d gotten away

Now she knows better, that postcards and letters

Have words that might not reflect reality

And the fairytales can never make up for the pain


Now that daddy's gone down to the rough side of town

Just to find some smooth relief

And mama's there waiting with pretty round playthings

She prays can hide the grief

I watched by the window for daddy to say, "I'm home"

But mama's eyes said it's too late

So long, long, long

So long


So long, boy                        

You been sinnin’ so long that it's no longer a sin

You're wrong, boy               

You been lyin’ so long that the truth's twisted up

Like a night after gin


Now that daddy's gone down to the rough side of town

Just to find some smooth relief

Mama’s there waiting with pretty round playthings

She prays can hide the grief

And me, I’m just watching

Hoping that life is worth more than it’s showed me to be

Now that I’m older, I wonder if I can be strong

‘Cause my road ahead looks to be

So long, long, long

So long, long, long

So long