December 19, 2005

Finally heard the song I could not remember

I can't believe it took this much time for me to finally hear the song that I liked so much but couldn't remember. I'm talking since August. They just don't play it on the National Geographics channel or Animal Planet or the Discovery channel, or on the Sopranos or on Curb Your Enthusiasm, or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, or the horse racing channel. I had to resort to playing the radio and getting lucky.



The Way by Fastball

They made up their minds

And they started packing

They left before the sun came up that day

An exit to eternal summer slacking

But where were they going without ever knowing the way?

They drank up the wine

And they got to talking

They now had more important things to say

And when the car broke down they started walking

Where were they going without ever knowing the way?

Chorus:

Anyone could see the road that they walk on is paved in gold

And it’s always summer, they’ll never get cold

They’ll never get hungry

They’ll never get old and gray

You can see their shadows wandering off somewhere

They won’t make it home

But they really don’t care

They wanted the highway

They’re happy there today , today

The children woke up

And they couldn’t find ’em

They left before the sun came up that day

They just drove off

And left it all behind ’em

But where were they going without ever knowing the way?


Anyone could see the road that they walk on is paved in gold

And it’s always summer, they’ll never get cold

They’ll never get hungry

They’ll never get old and gray

You can see their shadows wandering off somewhere

They won’t make it home

But they really don’t care

They wanted the highway

They’re happy there today , today (repeat)

4 comments:

  1. What a relief! I liked this song when it was out, but I don't think I ever knew who sang it or what it was called. So it's news to me.

    Glad you figured it out!

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  2. Looks like a one hit wonder group. Interesting story behind the song off some research I did on the internet:

    This is based on the true story of Lela and Raymond Howard, an elderly couple from Salado, Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. She had Alzheimer's disease and he was recovering from brain surgery. When they disappeared, a reporter from the Austin American-Statesman wrote a series of articles about the missing couple. Fastball bassist Tony Scalzo came up with the idea for the song after reading the articles (the band is from Austin). He says "It's a romanticized take on what happened" - he "pictured them taking off to have fun, like they did when they first met." However, he found out after writing the song that the couple had died. They were found at the bottom of a canyon in Arkansas about a three-day drive from their destination.
    http://tinyurl.com/dmdgt

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  3. I totallt identify. I just got the CD. I heard if years ago and couldn't remember it. The only reason I found it was I remembered listening to an NPR story about the song and the couple and googled NPR elderly couple and variations and viola!!!

    Leonie

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  4. I don't think I've heard the song since on TV or the radio. And it is a really good song.

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