Penny to My Name
Eva Cassidy Lyrics


Bill and I got married following our first born
Daddy left this gas & convenience store just before he died
And I was only nineteen when I had my third baby
And sometimes I think maybe I should've left here long ago

Travellers are stopping by, check their oil and their p.s.i.
Gas up and away to fly, moving down the line
But this beat-up truck & worn out shoes always give me the blues
Billy sucking down the booze nearly every night
I never seen the city lights
How they must shine so bright
Not like this country night
The sky's black as coal
And this gas-station mountain home
Not a thing to call my own
How I wish I was alone
With a penny to my name

Strangers say this mountain here is beautiful beyond compare
But it's just a dumb old mountain; I see it every day
If I could see sunset skies over fields of green or ocean-tides,
City skyline in the night, I'll be dancing till the dawn

I never seen the city lights
How they must shine so bright
Not like this country night
The sky's black as coal
And this gas-station mountain home
Not a thing to call my own
How I wish I was alone
With a penny to my name

Bill and I got married following our first born
Daddy left this gas & convenience store just before he died
Maybe Bill & I someday will find a chance to get away
Until then it's here I'll stay wishing on a star

I never seen the city lights
How they must shine so bright
Not like this country night
The sky's black as coal
And this gas-station mountain home
Not a thing to call my own
How I wish I was alone
With a penny to my name

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Laurylie Polito

Bill and I got married following our first born
Daddy left this gas & convenience store just before he died
And I was only nineteen when I had my third baby
And sometimes I think maybe I should've left here long ago

Travellers are stopping by, check their oil and their p.s.i.
Gas up and away to fly, moving down the line
But this beat-up truck & worn out shoes always give me the blues
Billy sucking down the booze nearly every night

[Chorus]
I never seen the city lights
How they must shine so bright
Not like this country night
The sky's black as coal
And this gas-station mountain home
Not a thing to call my own
How I wish I was alone
With a penny to my name

Strangers say this mountain here is beautiful beyond compare
But it's just a dumb old mountain; I see it every day
If I could see sunset skies over fields of green or ocean-tides,
City skyline in the night, I'll be dancing till the dawn

[Chorus]

Bill and I got married following our first born
Daddy left this gas & convenience store just before he died
Maybe Bill & I someday will find a chance to get away
Until then it's here I'll stay wishing on a star

[Chorus]



All comments from YouTube:

James Murphy-Walsh

Love this song her voice is so angelic and pure . Literally the purest voice from any singer ever Eva was an angel !

Phil Hemenway

She breathed life into this song and made it a classic.

cheongyei

Thanks for posting this. The harmony is haunting and her voice with the strings is amazing.

Ed Stockton

I have never met a song that didn't desperately wish it could have been recorded by Eva Cassidy.

armensog87

I'm sure she would've made an awesome cover of it if she really felt like singing it. She hardly would though.

Erik Eide

Enter Sandman?

Tony Baker

She surely was an Angel....This is Just Beautiful...💕

Steven Garfinkel

I am, but should not be, surprised at how good she is at country music. Nightbird and Anniversary Song are hints at this. Her unassuming and humble personality also fits country music.

I am hoping over the years more videos or recording will turn up so we can expand her play list. There are notes she hits that just make you emotionally respond to whatever it is she is singing.

Matthias Hess

There's nothing she can't do.

Erik Eide

She excelled at folk music, which is really similar to country, so this isn't surprising to me at all. Even though this has a little more twang than usual, I still consider this folk.

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