Song of the Day #4,453: ‘The Long Race’ – Bruce Hornsby &amp the Range

This is the third Bruce Hornsby song to show up on a Random Weekend in the past nine months. Prior to that, the only Hornsby song on the blog came more than nine years earlier, in September of 2010.

This song is new to me. It’s the fourth track on his debut album, a record I know through its singles: ‘The Way It Is,’ ‘On the Western Skyline,’ ‘Every Little Kiss,’ and ‘Mandolin Rain.’

It’s no surprise that ‘The Long Race’ is a great listen, like those better-known songs. Hornsby is easy listening in the best sense of that phrase.

It’s a hazy winter’s day
And I’m staring out on the southland
In the twilight distance on the bay
My mind sees you running through the marshland
All these years I’ve been waiting for you
Through the high tides and the low tides too
But if I stop now how could I ever be with you?

It’s a long race
If I try I will surely finish
It’s a long race
If I try I will surely win it
Some day some night with you

There’s a village on the lower eastern shore
Where the watermen’s boats are anchored
And they work so hard all day long
Showing me what you want to go after
All these years I’ve been pushing so hard
Through the high times and the low times too
But if I stop now
How could I know what I could do?

It’s a long race
If I try I will surely finish
It’s a long race
If I try I will surely win it
Some day some night with you

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,453: ‘The Long Race’ – Bruce Hornsby &amp the Range

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This is really a solid album from start to finish.

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