Our Town

A Musical Journey

From Iris DeMent’s “Infamous Angel” (1992)

The background is worth the price of admission!

“Iris Luella DeMent (born Jan. 5, 1961), an American two-time Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, was born in Paragould, Arkansas, the 14th and youngest child of Pat DeMent (1910–1992) and wife Flora Mae (1918–2011). Iris’s mother harbored dreams of going to Nashville and starting a singing career. Although she put those plans on hold to get married, her singing voice was an inspiration and influence for her youngest daughter Iris.

DeMent was inspired to write her first song ‘Our Town’ by a drive through a boarded-up Midwest town, at the age of 25. The lyrics came to her “exactly as it is now”, without need for re-writing, and she realized then songwriting was her calling in life. ‘Our Town’ was played during the closing scene for the final episode (July 26, 1995) of CBS’s television series Northern Exposure.”

She was fourteenth and youngest! Way to go Flora Mae!

lyrics …

Our Town

And you know the sun’s settin’ fast, and just like they say, nothing good ever lasts
Well, go on now and kiss it goodbye, but hold on to your lover ’cause your heart’s bound to die
Go on now and say goodbye to our town, to our town
Can’t you see the sun’s settin’ down on our town, on our town, goodnight!

Up the street beside that red neon light – that’s where I met my baby on one hot summer night
He was the tender and I ordered a beer; it’s been 40 years and I’m still sitting here

But you know the sun’s settin’ fast, and just like they say, nothing good ever lasts
Well, go on now and kiss it goodbye, but hold on to your lover ’cause your heart’s bound to die
Go on now and say goodbye to our town, to our town
Can’t you see the sun’s settin’ down on our town, on our town, goodnight!

It’s here I had my babies and I had my first kiss; I’ve walked down Main Street in the cold morning mist
Over there is where I bought my first car; it turned over once but then it never went far

And I can see the sun’s settin’ fast! And just like they say, nothing good ever lasts
Well, go on now and kiss it goodbye, but hold on to your lover ’cause your heart’s bound to die
Go on now and say goodbye to our town, to our town
Can’t you see the sun’s settin’ down on our town, on our town, goodnight!

I buried my Mama and I buried my pa; they sleep up the street beside that pretty brick wall
I bring them flowers about every day, but I just gotta cry when I think what they’d say

If they could see how the sun’s settin’ fast, and just like they say, nothing good ever lasts!
Well, go on now and kiss it goodbye, but hold on to your lover ’cause your heart’s bound to die
Go on now and say goodbye to our town, to our town
Can’t you see the sun’s settin’ down on our town, on our town, goodnight!

Now I sit on the porch and watch the lightning bugs fly, but I can’t see too good, I got tears in my eyes
I’m leaving tomorrow but I don’t wanna go – I love you, my town, you’ll always live in my soul!

But I can see the sun’s settin’ fast, and just like they say, nothing good ever lasts!
Well, go on now and kiss it goodbye, but hold on to your lover ’cause your heart’s bound to die
Go on now and say goodbye to our town, to our town
Can’t you see the sun’s settin’ down on our town, on our town, goodnight!

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