All The Long Way

Story Behind The Song

From the Billboard Top 10 theme album "Dust Bowl - American Stories", this song is sung by a man to his son. He is consoling him at the loss of his brother, sister and mother to the Dust Bowl. Many people were afflicted by "dust pneumonia" in those days due to breathing in pounds of dirt each year, and little access to medical attention. It's a bittersweet, poignant and sad song, taken from reality.

Song Description

During the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s, a man consoles his son at the loss of his brother, sister and mother to the Dust Bowl. Many people were afflicted by "dust pneumonia" in those days due to breathing in pounds of dirt each year, and little access to medical attention. It's a bittersweet, poignant and sad song, taken from reality.

Song Length 3:35 Genre Country - Americana, Folk - Americana
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Serene, Poignant Subject Sadness, Poverty
Similar Artists Alison Krauss, Vince Gill Language English
Era 1930 - 1939

Lyrics

All The Long Way
© Grant Maloy Smith

Fate can show kindness
when she's dealing out heat
She stitches our lifelines
bitter and sweet

Now all of our horses
and all of our men
Can't put together
?the things that we bent

No, my son?can't put together
the things that we bent

All the way?
All the long way?
Take my hand and hold on?
All the way, hey
?We'll find peace
where your brother has gone

Hope it's a potion?
but it's not hard to get
?No silver-tongued salesman
has bottled it yet
Now all of our horses
and all of our men
can't put together?
the things that we bent

All the way?
All the long way?
Take my hand and hold on?
All the way, hey
?We'll find peace
where your sister has gone

All the way, hey
?We'll find peace
where your mother has gone

Lyrics Grant Maloy Smith Music Grant Maloy Smith
Producer Grant Maloy Smith and Jeff Silverman Publisher Grant Maloy Smith
Performance Grant Maloy Smith Label Suburban Cowboy LLC

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