The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 October 2005

What I'm running to, or from

Has this ever happened to you? You've heard the song fifty, a hundred, a thousand times before, but this time it hits you where you live, and you don't know why, but you can't deny it.

Showed your photograph
To some old gray bearded men
Sitting on a bench outside a gen'ral store
They said "Yes, she's been here"
But their memory wasn't clear
Was it yesterday, no, wait the day before
So I fin'ly got a ride
With a preacher man who asked
"Where you bound on such a dark afternoon?"
As we drove on thru the rain
As he listened I explained
And he left me with a prayer that I'd find you

Both Eddie Rabbitt (who wrote those words) and Elvis (who sang them) are gone now, so I can't ask them. But I have some familiarity with that cold Kentucky rain — every time I've been there I've been caught in it — and I know that it doesn't last forever.

If there's some pertinent deeper meaning, well, maybe it will come around in the next 35 years.

(Addendum, 6:20 pm: I swear I didn't know about this at the time.)

Posted at 5:48 PM to Tongue and Groove

Who was it that went on to have a somewhat more modest hit with "Smoky Mountain Rain?"

It had a trucker instead of a preacher, and was somewhat less poetic, but...

Posted by: McGehee at 9:54 AM on 27 October 2005

Ronnie Milsap, it appears.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:03 AM on 27 October 2005