Black Marks On The Highway

Story Behind The Song

On October 17th 2001 my 4 year old daughter Riannah was with my mother-in-law Aetna and they were driving on Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City in Grandmas Sububan to pick my 16 year old step-son up at work. It was 8:55 pm when a hotel manager who had been dr

Song Description

My 4 year old daughter Riannah and her maternal grandmother Aetna were killed by a drunk driver in 2001. The driver received 30 years in prison.

Song Length 4:02 Genre Country - General, Country - Alternative
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Heartbreaking Subject Daughter, Mother
Similar Artists John Cougar Mellencamp, Tim Mcgraw Language English
Era 2000 and later

Lyrics

Black Marks On The Highway
Copyright 2005
Written by Ron Barton
Ph. 903-819-4098
rbar@cableone.net

She would wave to people in the car right next to her,
Through the window from her rear car seat in the Pontiac,
She?d wave until they?d finally wave back,
She?d say, ?look mommy they know me?,

She?d tell me Daddy, Daddy would you bring me a big prize,
Bring it to me when I whenever, whenever I see you tonight,
And give me a one great big squeeze,
And hold me, hold me really really tight please,

Riannah and Grandma, you couldn?t separate the two,
Cruising down I- 40 like they always used do,
When a man who?d been drinking that night,
Lost his freedom when he took their lives,
It?s not supposed to be that way,
There?s black marks on the highway,

Well I remember one night at her brothers graduation,
She started gathering the stars from all the tables,
She?d place them in stranger?s hands,
Then smile to them so they?d understand,

Riannah and Grandma, you couldn?t separate the two,
Cruising down I- 40 like they always used do,
When a man who?d been drinking that night,
Lost his freedom when he took their lives,
It?s not supposed to be that way,

When the blue suits came to the door,
Her Mama didn?t know what was in store,
She could?ve never known on the very same day,
Her mother and daughter would be taken away,

Riannah and Grandma, you couldn?t separate the two,
Cruising down I- 40 like they always used do,
When a man who?d been drinking that night,
Lost his freedom when he took their lives,
It?s not supposed to be that way,
There?s black marks on the highway,
There?s black marks on the highway,















Lyrics Ron Barton Music Ron Barton/Troy Werner
Performance Troy Werner
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