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Wildflowers (Dolly Parton)

The hills were alive with wildflowers,
And I was wild, even wilder than they,
For at least I could run;
They just died in the sun,
And I refused to just wither in place.

Just a wild mountain rose,
Needing freedom to grow,
So I ran fearing not where I'd go;
When a flower grows wild, it can always survive,
Wildflowers don't care where they grow.

And the flowers I knew in the fields where I grew,
Were content to be lost in the crowd,
They were common and close;
I had no room for growth,
And I wanted so much to branch out.

I uprooted myself from my home ground and left,
Took my dreams and I took to the road;
When a flower grows wild, it can always survive,
Wildflowers don't care where they grow.

I grew up fast and wild and I never felt right,
In a garden so different from me;
I just never belonged, I just longed to be gone,
So the garden, one day, set me free.

I hitched a ride with the wind,
And since he was my friend,
I just let him decide where we'd go;
When a flower grows wild, it can always survive,
Wildflowers don't care where they grow.

Just a wild mountain rose,
Needing freedom to grow,
So I ran fearing not where I'd go;
When a flower grows wild, it can always survive,
Wildflowers don't care where they grow.

####.... Dolly Parton, 1986 ....####
Recorded by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris (Trio, trk#5, 1987, Warner Brothers, Los Angeles, California, produced by George Massenburg). In 1988, the single release reached a #8 peak position at Canadian RPM (Records, Promotion, Music 1964-2000) Magazine's Country Tracks. In 2008, this recording was played at a reception by the Texas State Democratic Party honoring former First Lady Ladybird Johnson. Johnson's love of wildflowers was well known, and she had long championed the planting of them along the highways of the United States.


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