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Steve Key: Songs/Lyrics

Charles Kuralt

(Steve Key)
May 31, 2012
Steve Key Songs (BMI)
Originally released on "House Blend" (2003). Performed at a house concert in Maryland, May 2002; recorded and mixed by Heidi Gerber.

Based on the Charles Kuralt memoir, "A Life on the Road". I listened to his book on tape, then later read the print edition. I tried sending him the song, didn't get a response, but I would like to think it reached him. I met him once, at a book-signing in DC. I watched "CBS Sunday Morning" often.
On the blue highways, on the red man's plains
In the backwater towns with the ghost of the train
Where I find my story most people don't go
I spent my life on the road

My momma worked steady, my dad never did
We moved to a dozen different towns when I was a kid
Sleeping on the back seat to the late-night radio
I spent my life on the road

My wife didn't know when she married me
She'd be rolling our baby girl down a New York street
She followed me north, but I knew she'd never stay
That lonely road carried my heart away

I was flying high on the network news
Racing all around the globe with my camera crew
From the Vietnam jungle, and up to the North Pole
I spent my life on the road

On a late flight home, I looked out in the night
I wondered who was down there, in all those tiny lights
Stretching out before me -- my destiny below
I spent my life on the road

My wife took the kids back South to the pines
She married a family man, I hear they're doing fine
My second wife says she likes her time alone
She tells me what I missed when I come back home

America's a river of concrete and tar
Carving out the canyons for the trucks and cars
You can drown on the interstate -- believe me I know
'Cause I spent my life on the road

On those blue highways, on the red man's plains
In the backwater towns with the ghost of the train
Where I find my story most people don't go
I spent my life on the road
I spent my life on the road

On those blue highways…