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Submitted by on October 28, 2011 – 1:16 PM13 Comments

Sometime in the early ’90s, there was a wave of New Country — Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, that gang. And there was a song that I LOVED. But I can’t remember very much about it, and Google only directs me to “Boulder to Birmingham,” by Emmylou Harris, which isn’t right. 

Anyway, the song is about a waitress who is leaving her job (possibly there’s a line about hanging up her apron) to be with the man she loves, and moving to Boulder (I think, but maybe Denver — Colorado, either way). She might ride a bus. The man might be rich. Oh, and the song is sung by a woman, but almost certainly not Trisha Yearwood or Suzy Bogguss or Reba McEntire. That’s all I’ve got. Strange I can’t find it, huh?

If anyone can identify this song for me, I will love you forever. 

Really, I mean it




  • Andrew says:

    Just a stab in the dark, but I Googled “Martina McBride + Waitress” and came up with this:

    There’s no mention of Boulder, but it does mention “hanging up her apron”.

  • scarlettbgonya says:

    Maybe this?

  • Anlyn says:

    WHOOO I know one, I know one! It’s by Kathy Mattea, and it’s “She Came from Ft. Worth”. I love Kathy Mattea, and I recently downloaded a bunch of her songs on iTunes. She leaves Ft. Worth on a bus to go to Colorado for a guy.

  • ALH says:

    The good news is, “Boulder to Birmingham” is one of the most beautiful songs, ever.

    I know I know the song you’re trying to remember… it is on the tip of my BRAIN…

  • ALH says:

    I GOT IT.

    Kathy Mattea: “She Came from Fort Worth”

    She came from Fort Worth, Fort Worth couldn’t hold her
    Her dreams were bigger than the Texas sky
    She’s got a one-way ticket on the next bus for Boulder
    And it won’t take long to say goodbye

    She was workin’ at a diner just a week ago
    When a man from Colorado smiled and said ‘hello’
    And he turned her head with stories about a cabin in the trees
    Where the wind can sing you love songs
    Beneath snow-capped mountain peaks

  • Anne says:

    It sounds like it might be “Heads Carolina, Tails California” by Jo Dee Messina.

  • Trip says:

    This sounds sort of like Jamie O’Neal’s “There Is No Arizona”, though some of the details aren’t quite right. Could that be it?

  • Kristin says:

    Trip – I immediately thought of “There is No Arizona” as well. I never, ever listened to country and I remember hearing that song on some random station while I driving cross-country one time. I absolutely SOBBED, and I am usually not emotional at all. I’ll never forget it. I don’t think that’s what the writer is looking for, but man, that’s a good one.

  • Ellen says:

    Just in case it’s not the Kathy Mattea song, this also came to mind (because it mentions Boulder): “Stand Beside Me,” Jo Dee Messina

  • Katherine says:

    Not the letter writer, but thank you @Ellen. That was the song I thought it might be and for the life of me could not remember it!

  • tadpoledrain says:

    It is She Came from Ft Worth, thanks!

    (I actually did a last-ditch lyrics search after I sent this email in, and found it, and emailed again to say I’d found it, but oh well, thanks Sars! Now I DO love you guys forever! and some of those other songs look interesting too, I’ll check them out.)

  • Emmers says:

    I also thought “Stand Beside Me”! But glad you found the one it actually was! :-)

    What is it about country songs and Boulder, anyway?

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