Long Time Gone

For the Crosby, Stills & Nash song, see Crosby, Stills & Nash (album). For the film, see Long Time Gone (film).
"Long Time Gone"
Single by Dixie Chicks
from the album Home
Released May 17, 2002
Format CD single
Genre Country, Bluegrass
Length 4:10
Label Columbia Nashville
Writer(s) Darrell Scott
Producer(s) Dixie Chicks
Lloyd Maines
Dixie Chicks singles chronology
"Some Days You Gotta Dance"
"Long Time Gone"
Music video
"Long Time Gone" at CMT.com

"Long Time Gone" is a country song by Darrell Scott, originally recorded by him on his 2000 album Real Time which Scott recorded together with Tim O'Brien.


The song chronicles a young man's journey away from his family farm to Nashville to become a musician, and eventually back to his hometown, where he settles down to raise a family. The song's last verse criticizes contemporary country music as having no soul, referencing several famous country musicians:

Now they sound tired but they don't sound Haggard / They got money but they don't have Cash / They got Junior but they don't have Hank...

Despite its upbeat bluegrass melody, the song's lyrics resolve to a very pessimistic outlook on the future of music.

Dixie Chicks version

The song was covered by the Dixie Chicks on their 2002 album Home, despite having been written from a male point of view. Released in May 2002 as the lead single from Home, it reached a peak of number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart[1] and number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their version won a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

Chart positions

Chart (2002) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 7

Year-end charts

Chart (2002) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 35
US Billboard Hot 100 97


  1. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 108.
  2. "Dixie Chicks – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dixie Chicks.
  3. "Dixie Chicks – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Dixie Chicks.
  4. "Best of 2002: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2002. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
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