Long Time Gone
"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 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.