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The Last Ride of Big Red

by Lance Taylor

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Ridin' west, New Mexico sunset
Santa Fe, Durango bound
Getting clear now, of all this trouble
Oh my mind, makes it double
Will the miles and scenery heal my head?
Here on the last ride of Big Red

Annie's gone but it's like she's here
She will always be, have no fear
Savor the memory, let it fade
Let it burn bright, like Kim Jade
Oh this hunger in me I guess it must be fed
Out here on the last ride of Big Red

Oh the chimes of freedom, let them ring
I've come for Leah, just to hear her sing
Worth every mile, just to be there
I'm 'a leave in the morning destination nowhere
Another night in another borrowed bed
A day in the life on the last ride of Big Red

I'm goin' north now, where the cold winds blow
Gonna see my brother, see a little snow
Up here in the Tetons, ain't life Grand?
So many memories like grains of sand
Reflecting back on every word that was said
Long way to go on the last ride of Big Red

I roll into Casper, like a ghost
Just like the old days I still drink the most
Rapid City, I'll be there soon
Gonna see Cassandra and the hot air balloons
Kaleidoscope of sky sewed with a golden thread
My mind blown on the last ride of Big Red

The mountains behind me, I'm headed east
This road's been up and down, to say the least
The Chamberlain exit, up ahead I see
That River Missouri and the Statue of Dignity
On this hallowed ground so lightly I tread
Pay my respects on the last ride of Big Red

I'm heading to Illinois, Champaign
Twenty years since I played here, nothin's the same
Movin' on to Steeltown, Pittsburgh PA
Robin, Derek, and Millie Moo, I'm on my way
Across this land all my friends they are spread
Slowly make my way on the last ride of Big Red

Next stop Charm City, for a harbor cruise
The Spirit of Baltimore, Kim sings the blues
We fight it out in the Capitol, gotta give it a rest
I wish it was a better time but we both did our best
Holding on to something that's still not quite dead
Hard to let go on the last ride of Big Red

Alright 'Naptown, here I come
Feels good to get back where I started from
Night falls on West Street, that old familiar glow
Tonight for ol' times' sake I'm gonna let it flow
I always return to this town that I once fled
Remembering on the last ride of Big Red

With my sis for the day, to the BMOA
On over to Hampden HON, what a colorful play
I used to work 'round here, my how things change
Years pass I know I've aged but I still feel the same
So much behind me, so much lies ahead
Full of wonder on the last ride of Big Red

Oh the Eastern Shore, and the corn rows
Home is where your heart forever grows
My mom and pop, they got a place for me
Time to get off this road relax and get some peace
I'll never forget the place where I was born and bred
Time to reflect on the last ride of Big Red

Alright Big Red, it's getting cold
Goin' to see Frankie, Al and Teresa, come on let's roll
Before you know it Red, we'll be gliding down U.S. One
To that enchanted island, our little home in the sun
Still no other place I'd rather be instead
Last stop on the last ride of Big Red


released September 19, 2021


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