Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Coming home to the Old Dominion....

This time away has been fun as it always is when visiting Colorado. We enjoyed a family wedding, great music under the Rocky Mountain stars, the backroads and ski resorts, horses and ranches, mining towns, wild flowers and wild animals, and more ... but after two weeks SWAC Daughter and I are ready to head home to Virginia. So good-bye, Rocky Mountains ... and hello, Shenandoah Valley!

The song, "Old Dominion" by Eddie From Ohio, says it all....

You think you'll find some mountains in western Colorado
Fifty weeks of snowy peaks is where you're gonna be
But babe the Rocky Mountains are gradually eroding
The hills of Coors are nothing more than Blue Ridge wannabes.

A turkey on its belly, a chicken on its back
Anyway you look at it you'll find her on the map
She revels in the seasons, shakes hands with the north
Hugs the land of Dixie while dancing on the porch.

You think autumns in New England are the greatest of them all
But give me sweet Virginia for the fireworks of Fall
The prettiest October, in all the 50 states
Just drive up to the skyline, park the car and wait.

So grow up Colorado
Excuse me, Tennessee
If you don't mind, North Caroline
Here's where I want to be.

When you're talking home, you mean the Old Dominion
Just southeast of Heaven to the surf and the hills
She's the best of 13 sisters and 37 more
Sweet, sweet Virginia always keeps an open door.

They're fiddlin' down in Galax, pickin' up in Floyd
And in the land of Patsy Cline, there're songs you can't avoid
When you're walkin' after midnight, I'll fall to pieces, too
I'm crazy back in baby's arms with sweet dreams of you.

They're sailin' down in Norfolk, and skiing up in Bryce
Climbin' up the Devils Stairs against Ranger's advice
They're harvesting in Loudoun to Shenandoah winds
And in the land near Washington, they're rootin' for the Skins.
Fight for Old DC....

Pack up your Impala, and make your move out west
Past the Blue Ridge Mountains, you'll find you passed the best
And when your dreams have ended where mountains are concerned
Me and Sweet Virginia will await for your return.

Sweet, sweet Virginia always keeps an open door.

Performed by Eddie From Ohio

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