Song of the Day #3,056: ‘Hands of Time’ – Margo Price

margo_priceMargo Price is one of those overnight sensations whose “overnight” lasted more than a decade. A Nashville singer-songwriter originally from Illinois, she has lived a life worthy of the traditional country songs that inspired her.

Price lost one of her twin newborns to a fatal heart condition, then turned to drinking and spent some time in jail before cleaning up her act and recording an album independently. She pitched the record to Jack White’s country label and the White Stripes frontman snatched it up for a proper studio release.

That album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, is a delightful throwback to the classic country of her clear influence Loretta Lynn (who also released an album with Jack White). It’s right up the alley of a Miranda Lambert fan like me.

Today’s SOTD, the opening track, is a touching work of naked autobiography.

When I rolled out of town on the unpaved road
I was fifty-seven dollars from being broke
Kissed my mama and my sisters and I said goodbye
And with my suitcase packed I wiped the tears from my eyes

Times they were tough growing up at home
My daddy lost the farm when I was two years old
Took a job at the prison working second shift
And that’s the last time I let them take what should be his

Cause all I want to do is make a little cash
Cause I worked all the bad jobs bustin’ my ass
I want to buy back the farm
And bring my mama home some wine
And turn back the clock on the cruel hands of time

When I hit the city I joined the band
Started singing in the bars and running with the men
But the men they brought me problems
And the drinking caused me grief
I thought I’d found a friend but I only found a thief

Soon I settled down with a married man
We had a couple babies, started living off the land
But my firstborn died and I cried out to God
Is there anybody out there looking down on me at all?

Cause all I want to do is make something last
But I can’t see the future, I can’t change the past
I want to buy back the farm
And bring my mama home some wine
Turn back the clock on the cruel hands of time

Still I keep a’running fast as I can
Trying to make something honest with my own two hands
And I ain’t got the breath to say another bad word
So if I ever said it wrong won’t you forget what you heard

Cause all I want to do is make my own path
Cause I know what I am, I know what I have
I want to buy back the farm
And bring my mama home some wine
Turn back the clock on the cruel hands of time

Cruel hands of time [x3]

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,056: ‘Hands of Time’ – Margo Price

  1. Dana says:

    Quite the story! Nice to see her come out of such a dark place.

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