Hometown Girl
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Years ago in my hometown,
I was a headstrong girl, and a heartstrong one.
We'd ride all summer with the top rolled down,
Through the sleepy streets of a Jersey town.
And I knew girls when I was 16,
could make a smart boy stuttter, turn a nice boy mean.
And the boys made the girls into homecoming queens
And married each other instead of their dreams.
These days I'm mostly out on my own,
Lookin' for some place that I can call home.
Late at night or just before dawn, I pretend you're with me now;
It never seeemed so hard before,
What happened to that hometown girl?

The seasons changed in my hometown,
The way they changed in yours,
My windows opened up to the spring, like every spring before.
And I ran with boys who weren't like you,
I was young but somehow I knew,
The difference b/w a man and a fool;
And sometimes I'd think that could've been you.
These days I'm mostly out on my own,
Lookin' for somplace that I can call home.
Late at night or just before dawn, I pretend you're with me now,
It never seemed so hard before,
What happened to that hometown girl?

Hometown girls are like hometown dreams,
Some start fadin' others stay keen.
I won't forget you but I'll let you be,
Love never was that kind to me.
Late at night or just before dawn I pretend you're with me now,
You had your madness and you had your charms,
But only when your heart allowed;
And my heart just won't allow no more,
What happened to that hometown girl?

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