Long Time Gone

"Long Time Gone" is a country song by Darrell Scott, originally recorded by him on his 2000 album Real Time which Scott recorded together with Tim O'Brien.


The song chronicles a young man's journey away from his family farm to Nashville to become a musician, and eventually back to his hometown, where he settles down to raise a family. The song's last verse criticizes contemporary country music as having no soul, referencing several famous country musicians:Despite its upbeat bluegrass melody, the song's lyrics resolve to a very pessimistic outlook on the future of music.

Dixie Chicks version

The song was covered by American country music group Dixie Chicks on their 2002 album Home, despite having been written from a presumably male point of view. Released in May 2002 as the lead single from Home, it reached a peak of number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their version won a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

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