Rapid City South Dakota
Dwight Yoakam Lyrics


Just a ragged kid in overalls,
He thumbed a ride one day
He said, "Anywhere you're headed on my way."
But as we passed by Big Al's drive-in
His eyes began to flash
He was leavin' Rapid City mighty fast.

He said, "I hope to God she finds
The good-bye letter that I wrote her
But the mail don't move to fast
In Rapid City, South Dakota."

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Well, he left her just a blanket
Of snow upon the farm
And that don't keep your conscience very warm.
He said his friends were too durn country
And his pa was too damn mean
And there ain't no money pumpin' gasoline.

And her gentle eyes, the merchandise
Of dreams the peddler sold her
As he left her there in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Now the reason he was goin',
I ain't sure I could say,
Might've been the rodeo in Santa F'.
"There's a doctor in chicago,
I know she'll be all right."
He told himself as he stared into the night.

And he said, "I hope to God she finds
The good-bye letter that I wrote her
But the mail don't move so fast
In Rapid City, South Dakota."

And all her people treatin' her
Just like they never knowed her
Lord, the winter's passin' slow
In Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

BeerBottleBaby

Just a ragged kid in overalls
He thumbed a ride one day
He said, "Anywhere you're headed on my way."
But as we passed by Big Sky drive-in
His eyes began to flash
He was leavin' Rapid City mighty fast

He said, "I hope to God she finds
The good-bye letter that I wrote her
But the mail don't move to fast
In Rapid City, South Dakota."

Well, he left her just a blanket
Of snow upon the farm
And that don't keep your conscience very warm
He said his friends were too durn country
And his pa was too damn mean
And there ain't no money pumpin' gasoline

And her gentle eyes, the merchandise
Of dreams the peddler sold her
As he left her there alone Rapid City, South Dakota

Now the reason he was goin'
I ain't sure I could say
Might've been the rodeo in Santa F'
"There's a doctor in Chicago
I know she'll be all right."
He told himself as he stared into the night

And he said, "I hope to God she finds
The good-bye letter that I wrote her
But the mail don't move so fast
In Rapid City, South Dakota."

And all her people treatin' her
Just like they never knowed her
Lord, the winter's passin' slow
In Rapid City, South Dakota



All comments from YouTube:

Kathy Green

How can one man have so much talent? Singer/songwriter/musician. Dwight you are the very best! Love you!

4Q2 smith

Kinky Friedman wrote this tune.
AINT IT FUN BEING FROM TEXAS!

Papa Dragon

Great song...Grew up nigh 52 miles from Rapid City, SD...but you have the wrong album listed...its called..In Others' Words from 2003

4Q2 smith

Kinky Friedman wrote this tune.
AINT IT FUN BEING FROM TEXAS!

Mark Menning

Cool I live I sioux falls

Hannah Brown

I've never heard a happy song about the black hills

Casey smith

@SouthernRedDog the Original recording that was never used is the best.

Casey smith

I have heard one, but that was from the band from Okoboji/Pierre (Pier) from the Hidden Timber Band.

SouthernRedDog

Rocky Raccoon by the Beatles.

thesjbother

Originally by Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. When asked about the song, he said "Oh man, that one. I had a girlfriend from South Dakota. I’ve never been there myself. But she had had a rough life, and that’s kind of what I call my pro-choice country song, that one. It’s a pro-choice song, and it’s, I think, the only pro-choice country song, and I’m proud to have written that one."

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