Radio XX, side B, track 10: “The Valley Road” by Bruce Hornsby and The Range, #68 on The Top 88 of ’88

Bruce Hornsby and the Range - The Valley RoadOh, Bruce Hornsby and The Range, here’s another one near and dear to me, another song that I recorded way back on that first step called Radio I, a journey that has led me 25 years to this moment when here you are again, Bruce Hornsby and The Range, regaling us once again with that timeless tale of teenage lust and teenage pregnancy set to some great piano playing.  This is one of those songs where reading and/or listening to the lyrics is like losing yourself in a good book.  A tawdry book, to be sure, and an all-too-brief book, most definitely.  I mean, what happened down the valley road, Bruce Hornsby and The Range?  What did he show her down the long valley road that they do?  I get that you’re a classy outfit, Bruce Hornsby and The Range, and that we’re supposed to leave it all up to our imaginations, but come on, guys.  Maybe just one line that shows a little leg?  You know Tone Loc would’ve.

“The Valley Road”

<awesome Bruce Hornsby and The Range jam>

Sometimes I lead, sometimes I follow

This time I’ll go where she wants me to go

Said “Maybe today, maybe tomorrow

Deep in the woods down the low valley road”

While no one was lookin’ on the old plantation
Took her all the way down the long valley road
They sent her away not too much later
Left him walkin’ down the old valley road, walk on

Walk on, walk on alone

Walk on, walk on

Walk on, walk on alone

Out in the hall they were talkin’ in a whisper

Everybody noticed she was gone awhile

Somebody said “She’s gone to her sister’s”

Everybody knew what they were talkin’ about

Whoah!  While no one was lookin’ on the old plantation
Showed her what they do down the long valley road
She came back around like nothin’ really happened
Left him standin’ on the old valley road, walk on

Walk on, walk on alone

Walk on, walk on

Walk on, walk on, walk on the valley road

<awesome Bruce Hornsby and The Range jam>

Standin’ like a stone on the old plantation
The rich old man would have never let him in
Good enough ta hire, not good enough ta marry
When it all happens nobody wins, walk on

Walk on, walk on alone

Walk on, walk on

Walk on
Walk on, walk on alone

<awesome Bruce Hornsby and The Range jam>

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