From the album Silver Line

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Lyrics

Leaving Amarillo (Chuck Hawthorne)

She painted her window
Deep Palo Duro
Her braids showed some silver
Her eyes sang the blues

The grass a shade greener
The first time I seen her
She was breaking their hearts
In her light dancehall shoes

∫ Chorus One ∫
A wild desert rainbow
Lost in her shadow
She’s dated every cowboy
That fell to the ground

She won’t tell the reason
For a lifetime of grieving
Says, “If you’re leaving Amarillo,”
“You’ll surely be found.”

Her summer eighteen
She packed up her wings
Some say she went searching
Some say she went wrong

When leaves turned to falling
She came home from her calling
Now you can dance with the painter
But you can’t dance for long

∫ Repeat Chorus One ∫

Years of yellowed papers
Her canvas of takers
A bridesmaid forsaken
Her soft amber tone

But don’t pity the Lady
She’s still Red River crazy
She can two-step or Charleston
On sawdust or stone

She’s a wild desert rainbow
Lost in her shadow
She’s painted every cowboy
That fell to the ground

She won’t tell the reason
For a lifetime of grieving
Says, “If you’re leaving Amarillo,”
“You’ll surely be found.”

She painted her window
Deep Palo Duro
Gave a wink to her portrait
And turned out the light