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PLEASE TURN YOUR SPEAKERS ON.
"Riding with Private Malone"
Words & Music by Thom Shepherd & Wood Newton
I was just out of the service thumbing through the classifieds
When an ad that said:"Old Chevy"
somehow caught my eye
The lady didn't know the year,or even if it ran
But I had that thousand dollars in my hand
was way back in the corner of this old ramshackle barn
Thirty years of dust and dirt on that green army tarp
pulled the cover off,it took away my breath
What she called a Chevy was a sixty six Corvette
I felt a little guilty
as I counted out the bills
But what a thrill I got when I sat behind the wheel
I opened up the glove box and that's
when I found the note
The date was nineteen-sixty six and this is what it wrote:
He said,"My name is Private Andrew
"If you're reading this,then I didn't make it home"
"But for every dream that shattered,another one comes true"
car was once a dream of mine,now it belongs to you"
"And though you may take her and make her your own"
be riding with Private Malone"
Well it didn't take me long at all,I had her running good
I love to hear those horses
thunder underneath her hood
I had her shining lika a diamond and I'd put the rag top down
All the pretty girls would
stop and stare as I drove her through town
The buttons on the radio didn't seem to work quite right
But it picked
up that oldie show,especially late at night
I'd get the feeling sometimes,if I turned real quick I'd see
A soldier riding
shotgun in the seat right next to me
It was a young man named Private Andrew Malone
Who fought for his country and
never made it home
But for every dream that's shattered,another one comes true
This car was once a dream of his,back
when it was new
He told me to take her and make her my own
And I was proud to be riding with Private Malone
night it was raining hard,I took the curve too fast
I still dont remember much about that fiery crash
Someone said they
thought they saw a soldier pull me out
They didn't get his name, but I know without a doubt
It was a young man named
Private Andrew Malone
Who fought for his country and never made it home
But for every dream that's shattered,another
one comes true
This car was once a dream of his,back when it was new
I know I wouldn't be here if he hadn't tagged along
night I was riding with Private Malone
Oh,thank God,I was riding with Private Malone
Patriotism revs 'Private Malone' into high gear
By Brian Mansfield, Special for USA TODAY
While singers all over Nashville scrambled to get into recording studios to record patriotic
songs after Sept. 11, the country song that tapped most subtly and profoundly into the emotions of its audience was already
on the radio. Shipped to country stations a month before the terrorist attacks, David Ball's Riding With Private Malone
tells of a man who buys a '66 Corvette for $1,000, then finds a note from the car's previous owner in the glove box. Penned
by a soldier shipping out for Vietnam, it reads: "If you're reading this, then I didn't make it home. But for every dream
that's shattered, another one comes true. This car was once a dream of mine. Now it belongs to you." Later, the man wrecks
the car and is saved from the fiery crash by a mysterious stranger he swears was the private.