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I was reading about Gabby Petito’s co-workers at the Carolina Beach restaurant Smoke on the Water and their memories of her, and thinking “I wish she’d never left Carolina Beach.”
Country - Country-Pop
Charts #94 today (peak #1)
Charts #21 in subgenre today (peak #1)
Music and lyrics by Sam Austin
October 20, 2021
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MP3 8.6 MB  •  320 kbps  •  3:45
WAV 37.8 MB
Story behind the song
I was reading an article about people who knew Gabby Petito during her brief time living and working in Carolina Beach NC. Their memories of her made me think I wish shed never left Carolina Beach. So I imagined someone who might have been a regular at the bar where she might have worked had she been a bartender and not a hostess.
Lyrics
One night at Smoke on the Water She said her folks called her Their hippie daughter So I figured She wouldnt be here to stay She wasnt ready for college She wanted some other Kind of knowledge Where would she find it She couldnt say One day she drove off with her beau To learn all nature had to teach I wish shed never left CAROLINA BEACH Its not like I really knew her I wasnt anyone Special to her Just a guy At the bar that she worked behind Still she remembered my order Shed beam a smile and say South of the Border Any other role that I wanted Was just in my mind But as an admirer or a lover Or a little bit of each I wish shed never left CAROLINA BEACH And that smile Seemed to light up the room Soothing as the tide That rumbled outside How could something So cozy and warm Get carried away by the storm (Interlude) They said she left in a hurry No explanation No cause for worry You could see in her eyes She had rainbows to chase Now that shes somewhere out there Far beyond the stars she couldnt reach I wish shed never left CAROLINA BEACH
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