“The Valley Road” – Bruce Hornsby and the Range


If you appreciate singer songwriters and good musicianship it’s hard not to be a fan of Bruce Hornsby. When he hit the popular music scene about 25 years ago he took to the charts immediately.  Since then his popularity has had its ups and downs but he continues to be a sought after artist who still creates interesting music and tries many different things.  I especially enjoyed his stint with The Grateful Dead.  I am always fascinated by the  journey a true musician/artist decides to take especially after they’ve decided to walk away from fame and mass appeal to avoid becoming formulaic.  It must be tempting to keep doing what you’ve already done once you find out it works, but this is not art (it is commerce).

The song The Valley Road is one of my favorites that Bruce has written. It is a catchy tune with thoughtful lyrics and great piano playing.  Every time you hear it coming from someone else’s car you see they can’t help but sing along or otherwise get into it.  It is one of those songs where you have to stop and simply enjoy the moment.  Have a nice weekend!

Sometimes I lead sometimes I follow
This time I’ll go where she wants me to go
She said maybe today maybe tomorrow
Go deep in the woods down the low valley road

While no one was lookin on the old plantation
He took her all the way down the long valley road
They sent her away not too much later
And left him walking down the old valley road
Walk on, walk on alone
Walk on, walk on, walk on alone

Out in the hall they were talking in a whisper
Everybody noticed she was gone awhile
Somebody said she’s gone to her sister’s
But everybody knew what they were talking about

While no one was lookin on the old plantation
He showed her what they do down the long valley road
She came back around like nothing really happened
And left him standing on the old valley road
Walk on, walk on alone
Walk on, walk on, walk on alone

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

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About robined

Ed Robinson is an Executive Coach, Management Consultant, Teacher, Writer and Music Lover.
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