Betty on the Road

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Inspired by Gillian Welch and Bettie Beware, this is one of our infamous "doomed women" songs.


Betty on the road around her
Was roamin’ from where she came
She ran out from the smokehouse
When Jimmy was burned by flame
Betty had the world around her
She took on a brand new name
Cause she’s long, long way from home

Betty on the road around her
Leapt out in the pouring rain
The sky a darkened coal mine
And her withered, tear-eyes stained
Betty had a look around her
She was trying to just maintain
It was a long, long way from home

There was the high road and the low road
She tried to step in between—just eighteen—
And it was the last time she was ever seen

Betty on the road around her
Turned, steppin’ her way right back
She gave up the fight against it
Mascara’d her face to black
Betty turned the backdoor handle
And a body was sprawled there slack
She was a long, long way from home


from Country Hymn, released September 17, 2016
words by Sumanth Gopinath, music by The Gated Community
copyright 2016

Rosie Harris: lead vocals, banjo
Sumanth Gopinath: acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Beth Hartman: backing vocals
Teresa Gowan: fiddle
Johnny Becker: mandolin
Cody Johnson: electric bass
Paul Hatlelid: drums



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The Gated Community is a country/bluegrass/Americana band with rock influences based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in Minnesota and has been in existence since early 2006.


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