Wide Open Spaces
Groobees (1999)

as originally performed by the writer,
Susan Gibson, and her band, The Groobees

**Original lyrics enclosed with [ ]

Who doesn't know what I'm talking about
Who's never left home, who's never struck out
To find a dream and a life of their own
A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone

Many precede and many will follow
A young girl's dream no longer hollow
It takes the shape of a place out West
But what it holds for her, she hasn't yet guessed
She needs...

Wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new [places]
She knows the high stakes

She traveled this road as a child
Wide eyed and grinning she never tired
But now she won't be coming back with the rest
If these are life's lessons, she'll take this test
She needs...

Wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new [places]
She knows the high stakes

[As she packs her things she feels she's left something out
Her friends and her family, her dog and this house
She turns around to find her old room bare
Looks at the U-Haul, it has to fit in there?]

And as her folks drive away her dad yells, "Check the oil!"
Her mom stares out the window and says, "I'm leaving my girl"
She [says], "It didn't seem like that long ago
When [I] stood there and [watched] [my] own folks [go]"
She needed...

Wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new [places]
She knows the high stakes