Song of the Day #4,140: ‘Somebody’s Daughter’ – Tenille Townes

This Saturday my family and I are heading to Orlando to see Miranda Lambert in concert. This show caps off a nice year of live music for our squad, starting with Josh Rouse in Asheville, then Brad Paisley in West Palm Beach and a performance of Les Miserables in Fort Lauderdale before culminating with Miranda.

I’ll also be seeing Elvis Costello this week, accompanied by a man who has posted a comment on every single Song of the Day to date. So yeah, a pretty great year for live music.

Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour features a strong slate of female country artists who have rotated into the lineup. Featured artists have included Maren Morris, Elle King, Pistol Annies, Tenille Townes, Ashley McBryde and Caylee Hammack. Our show will feature Townes, Morris and Pistol Annies.

To recognize these talented artists, I will feature a song by each of them this week leading up to the show.

The first opening act is Tenille Townes, a 25-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter who released her first single at 15, writing about a girl whose father is serving in Afghanistan. She released two albums on an indie label before relocating to Nashville.

Her persistence paid off and she has recently put out an EP of four great songs in advance of her major label debut. The standout is ‘Somebody’s Daughter,’ a poignant track about an encounter with a young homeless woman.

[Verse 1]
I drive home the same way
Two left turns off the interstate
And she’s always standing
At the stoplight on 18th Street
She could be a Sarah
She could be an Emily
An Olivia, maybe Cassidy
With the shaky hands
On the cardboard sign
And she’s lookin’ at me

[Chorus]
Bet she was somebody’s best friend laughing
Back when she was somebody’s sister
Countin’ change at the lemonade stand
Probably somebody’s high school first kiss
Dancin’ in a gym where the kids all talk about someday plans
Now this light’ll turn green and I’ll hand her a couple dollars
And I’ll wonder if she got lost or they forgot her
She’s somebody’s daughter
Somebody’s daughter
Somebody’s daughter

[Verse 2]
Did she give up wondering where the cars all go?
And can she even tell that I don’t know what to say?
So I just nod my head and wave
Well, no one’s gonna ask what she wants to be
Or why we’re both stuck here at the mercy of geography
And whether it shines or rains

[Chorus]
Bet she was somebody’s best friend laughing
Back when she was somebody’s sister
Countin’ change at the lemonade stand
Probably somebody’s high school first kiss
Dancin’ in a gym where the kids all talk about someday plans
Now this light’ll turn green and I’ll hand her a couple dollars
Oh, and I’ll wonder how she fell and no one caught her
She’s somebody’s daughter
Somebody’s daughter
Somebody’s daughter
Somebody’s daughter

[Bridge]
Oh, I don’t know the reasons why
I’m the one who’s driving by
And she’s the one on the corner of 18th Street

[Chorus]
Bet she was somebody’s best friend
Back when she was somebody’s sister
Bet she was somebody’s first kiss
Dancing in a gym where the kids all talk about someday, someday
Now this light’ll turn green and I’ll hand her a couple dollars
Oh, and I’ll wonder if she got lost or they forgot her
She’s somebody’s daughter
She’s somebody’s daughter

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,140: ‘Somebody’s Daughter’ – Tenille Townes

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Wow, that’s a very powerful and moving song and video. I wanted the video to provide some explanations or hints as to what caused her to fall. Did she lose her father? Get involved with drugs? Lose a job? Suffer from mental illness? But I suppose the point is that from an onlooker’s perspective, it is usually not apparent or obvious what has caused someone to become homeless.

    Anyway, sounds like that’s going to be a good concert, and I look forward to our concert as well.

  2. Peg says:

    There was a Q &A in yesterday’s New York Times with Miranda. Sounds like you are enjoying your music adventures!

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