David Ball performs “Riding With Private Malone” On Country’s Family Reunion.

The song it reached number # 2 on the US Hot charts. Country Songs, and remained in the charts for a total of 22 weeks.

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Riding With Private Malone:

Riding with Private Malone, song written by Wood Newton and Thom Shepherd, recorded by David Ball for the Dualtone label, was recorded in the spring of 2001, on May 9, in Nashville, Tennessee, David was accompanied on the recording of the album by: Billy Panda (guitar), Steve Larios (steel and Chromatic harmonica), Dan Frizsell (bass guitar), Vince Barranco (drums and percussion), Chris Carmichael, Kenny Sears and Joe Spivey (fiddle), Jeff Taylor (piano and accordion), Scott Miller (trumpet) and Kim Morrison, Wood Newton, Audrey Ball, Stephen Hill and Randy Khors (background vocals). With the production of Wood Newton, the single was released on August 13, 2001. On December 8, 2001, it reached number # 2 on the US Hot charts. Country Songs, and remained in the charts for a total of 22 weeks. It was Ball’s first Top 40 country hit since “Look What Followed Me Home” in 1995.

Album cover David Ball ( Dualtone 2001 )
Album cover David Ball ( Dualtone 2001 )

The song was included in David’s fifth studio album, Amigo (Dualtone 2001), the album was released on October 2, 2001, and on November 10, 2001, it reached number # 11 on the US Top Country Albums charts. , he stayed 35 weeks in the charts.

USA Today referred to it as “the country song that touched the emotions of its audience more subtly and deeply” after the attacks of September 11, although it was released to the radio a few weeks before the attacks.

The song describes a narrator who has just finished his military service and finds a classified ad for an “old Chevy”. When he bought the car, he discovered that it was actually a 1966 Corvette. He opened his glove compartment, where he found a note written by the former owner of the car, a soldier who had died in the Vietnam War. The note is dated 1966 and tells the origins of the car: it came from a soldier, soldier Andrew Malone, and said: “If you’re reading this, then I did not get home,” implying that Malone wished her The car will be sold to another person in case he dies during the war. After restoring the car, start to drive it, and On some occasions, he claims to have visions of a soldier sitting in the passenger seat ( the ghost of Private Malone). One day of a lot of rain, the narrator, had an accident, which left unharmed, the narrator is convinced that it was the soldier Malone who saved him. The narrator points out “I know he would not be here if he had not accompanied him” (that is, that his ghost stays stuck) and “thank God I was traveling with soldier Malone”.

David Ball – Riding With Private Malone Lyrics

Two people, together
I was just out of the service thumbing through the classifieds
When an ad that said: “Old Chevy” somehow caught my eye
The lady didn’t know the year, or even if it ran
But I had that thousand dollars in my hand

It was way back in the corner of this old ramshackle barn
Thirty years of dust and dirt on that green army tarp
When I pulled the cover off, it took away my breath
What she called a Chevy was a sixty-six Corvette

I felt a little guilty as I counted out the bills
But what a thrill I got when I sat behind the wheel
I opened up the glove box and that’s when I found the note
The date was nineteen-sixty-six and this is what it wrote:

He said, “My name is Private Andrew Malone”
“If you’re reading this, then I didn’t make it home”
“But for every dream that shattered, another one comes true”
“This car was once a dream of mine, now it belongs to you”
“And though you may take her and make her your own”
“You’ll always be riding with Private Malone”

Well it didn’t take me long at all, I had her running good
I love to hear those horses thunder underneath her hood
I had her shining lika a diamond and I’d put the rag top down
All the pretty girls would stop and stare as I drove her through town

The buttons on the radio didn’t seem to work quite right
But it picked up that oldie show, especially late at night
I’d get the feeling sometimes, if I turned real quick I’d see
A soldier riding shotgun in the seat right next to me

It was a young man named Private Andrew Malone
Who fought for his country and never made it home
But for every dream that’s shattered, another one comes true
This car was once a dream of his, back when it was new
He told me to take her and make her my own
And I was proud to be riding with Private Malone

One night it was raining hard, I took the curve too fast
I still don’t remember much about that fiery crash
Someone said they thought they saw a soldier pull me out
They didn’t get his name, but I know without a doubt

It was a young man named Private Andrew Malone
Who fought for his country and never made it home
But for every dream that’s shattered, another one comes true
This car was once a dream of his, back when it was new
I know I wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t tagged along
That night I was riding with Private Malone
Oh, thank God, I was riding with Private Malone

Single David Ball ( Dualtone 2001 )
Single David Ball ( Dualtone 2001 )

Miquel Batlle
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