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You Can Always Go Back



I heard through the grapevine that The Pressley Girls are going to debut two of their new original songs in their next variety show, but since they filmed the songs for Paul for Christmas I decided to give you a sneak peak of one of them today.

Chatter wrote the song several months ago, but she’s yet to name it. I’m trying to get her to name it “You Can Always Go Back” but she doesn’t like my suggestion and is still looking for the title.

I really like the song, of course I say that about all the songs the girls write. This one seems especially poignant to me. Maybe that’s because I remember how it felt to be young and not really know where life was going to take me nor what doors I should step through or slam shut. Or maybe it’s because with my older view I realize the salvation in knowing you can always turn around and get back on the right track if you take a wrong turn along the way.

Don’t let the doubts of life steer you off track Because the door’s always open you can always go back As you move on with your life and see the world Don’t forget that little girl under the tree or the little boy on the swing.

I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek!


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  • Reply
    Ray Presley
    February 21, 2021 at 9:27 am

    All of Tipper’s favorites are also mine, in addition to John Prine, Vern Gosden and a few others. Country music welcomes everyone, even though some (definitely not Chittrer) tend to “pollute” it.

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    January 29, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Sorry, but I do not believe you can always go back, if that phrase means “without baggage”. Going back you can hope to start over, correct wrong turns, ask and get forgiveness, etc., but scars of wrongs always remain. Sometimes, if we really make amends, we can again smile and hopefully learn to pass judgement more slowly and offer forgiveness more willingly. Seems we really should “MEASURE TWICE AND CUT ONCE”.

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    January 28, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Playing under the skirt of a citrus tree, swinging on a swing, or climbing a tree – those are the “places” I retreat to when I need to pause, review, & contemplate before moving forward again -often in a new direction. Sound likes Chatter is a good observer who knows how to put the basics of life into a song – – this one is a good one! – – but Give the Dog a Bath is still one of my favorites!;-)

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    January 28, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    On going back or do overs; My mother was asked, “If you could live your life over do you think you would have five kids again?” She replied, “I probably would, but I sure hope it wouldn’t be the same ones.”

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    January 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    That’s a nice song. Chitter and Chatter hardly ever look at their instruments anymore. They’ve practiced enough together till they don’t need to now. Chatter will decide on a name for the song sooner or later, cause I can’t help. Anyway, I pretty much like the name already. …Ken

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    Allison Britt
    January 28, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Great performance and great song. Oftentimes i think of the saying i was told as a child ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ , and the song made me think of it, again. Reckon we all have to, or want to, or need to, step back and re-measure from time to time.

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    January 28, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    “Return”…because at some point in all our lives….we do…

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    Dan O'Connor
    January 28, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I can feel the pride you have. You have done well. The girls have grown into really great young ladies.

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    George Pettie
    January 28, 2018 at 10:42 am

    The Open Door, as a title?

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      January 28, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Exactly what I thought!

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    Ed Karshner
    January 28, 2018 at 9:45 am

    What a great song. Thanks for sharing this morning. It is absolutely true that you can always go back, get back on track. There is an old Scottish saying, “a good retreat is better than a poor stand.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone back to my own “home” to regroup.

    The Tao Te Ching has a great line too, “to return to one’s root is peaceful. It is called returning to your destiny.” The Chinese is prettier than my translation.

    Anyway, a smart song from a very rooted young lady.

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    Gayle Larson
    January 28, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Loved the song. Life is just a lot of decisions in a row. Sometimes we don’t even know we are making one that will change our lives completely. Somehow God knows what we should be doing and where we should be doing it. I try to let it be in his hands. Most times it works.

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    Leon Estes
    January 28, 2018 at 8:31 am

    The Girls always seem to like each other. Not knowing them, maybe “Love” would be a better word. I appreciated that they blend their voices when singing together.

    Thank you for this sneak peek!

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    Ron Stephens
    January 28, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Reminds me of that age-old question, “If you could live your life over again, would you do it?” But if one couldn’t take what they know now with them what would be the point? And if one could do that, they would be different all the way along. I use to hear “Knowing what I know now, I would have ….. ” I’ve posted it before, but I would have been kinder. I’m still not very good at it. But I’m better than I was.

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    January 28, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Your choice is the obvious one, Tipper, but it is good to know she will mull over before giving her song a name. My favorite people are the ones who remain flexible, and she is terribly young to already realize the value of being able to reverse her choices. When we are younger we do not have the value of experience, so we can make some blunders.
    I always taught the young ones in my life to think outside the box, and in doing so it actually taught me. For instance something as simple as routes and directions somewhere. Most folks have GPS now, but they are not infallible, and recently led my friend right into a cemetery. A handy little map in the glove box, a review before departure, and asking at a local store are always ways to avoid backtracking. However, recently I did not take into consideration that I passed through a few speed traps. Uh oh, they got me, and now I have to go to driving school! A lil ole lady behind the wheel didn’t impress them up one bit. I can’t go back, but I know a better route. Also I learned I won’t be putting the pedal to the metal anymore 🙂

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    Miss Cindy
    January 28, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Good job girls, there is wisdom in your words!

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