Long Time Gone
|"Long Time Gone"|
|Single by Dixie Chicks|
|from the album Home|
|Released||May 17, 2002|
|Dixie Chicks singles chronology|
|"Long Time Gone" at CMT.com|
The song chronicles a young man's journey away from his family farm to Nashville to become a musician, and eventually back to his hometown, where he settles down to raise a family. The song's last verse criticizes contemporary country music as having no soul, referencing several famous country musicians:
|“||Now they sound tired but they don't sound Haggard / They got money but they don't have Cash / They got Junior but they don't have Hank...||”|
Despite its upbeat bluegrass melody, the song's lyrics resolve to a very pessimistic outlook on the future of music.
Dixie Chicks versionEdit
The song was covered by the Dixie Chicks on their 2002 album Home, despite having been written from a male point of view. Released in May 2002 as the lead single from Home, it reached a peak of number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their version won a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||7|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||35|
|US Billboard Hot 100||97|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 108.
- "Dixie Chicks Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
- "Dixie Chicks Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
- "Best of 2002: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2002. Retrieved August 13, 2012.