Gene and Gayla Mills

Gene and Gayla Mills

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Folk - Contemporary | Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Member Since: 2009
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   Sounds Like: Mandolin Orange, Gillian Welch

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Song Description

A man confronts the gravestones of his loved ones and realizes he's neglected them

Story Behind the Song

Written one summer while losing an in-law and seeing the many graveyards and stone walls of New England.

Lyrics

Don't jump, my mother said
that wall is way too high
I jumped, I broke my leg
I began to cry
As she kissed my tears away and
carried me on home
she said, "I might as well be
talking to a stone"

Like a stone I didn't listen
like a stone I didn't speak
All too soon my mother
she grew old and she grew weak
Now I've finally come to tell her
just what she meant to me
I'm standing in a field of stones
quiet as the sea

Chorus: If these stones could talk
I know what they'd say
Tell the ones you love
Don't wait another day
Don't wait till the ones you love
Have gone to dust and bone
Don't wait till you're talking to a stone

I'm talking to my father here
two of my old friends
I never thought
I'd never see them again
Talking to a girl I loved
who never really knew
I was just as hard as these
stones I'm talking to

Chorus

Bridge: Names and dates are on these stones inscribed
Lives so full, so briefly described
These stones can't hear a word
I'm telling them today
I'm going home 'cause
I've got some things to say

Chorus

Song Length
3:52
Genres
Folk - Contemporary, Country - Alternative
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Poignant, Moving

Subject Matter
Regret, General

Similar Artists
Linda Ronstadt, Alison Krauss
Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Gene Mills
Music Credits Gene Mills
Producer Credits Gene and Gayla Mills
Publisher Credits Heart Pine Music
Label Credits Heart Pine Music