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This one's about a kid who grows up in this tiny little town along Hwy 5 in B.C. His family runs the gas station. Every day, he dreams of leaving small town life behind and making it as a radio broadcaster in the big city.

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My name is Tommy, this is my hometown
If you’ll permit me, I’d like to show you around
There’s the gas station, my parents own the store
My dog is Henry there, sleeping by the door
We live along the highway, Nowheresville, B.C.
The Hope-Princeton Crow’s Nest, Route #3
We’re the only stop one hundred miles around
The lonely silence lingers, hours without a sound

I’m gonna grow up strong / they’re gonna know my name
I’m gonna work real hard / gonna make my way
But momma when I’m gone don’t ever feel alone
Because before too long you’ll hear me
On the radio

I watch the tourists filling up their cars
Coffee and bathroom breaks, chips and chocolate bars
When I get lonely I turn on the CBC
It’s all we get up here FM 91.3
News and weather, feels like they never change
And who needs real friends when you’ve got Stuart McLean
In my dreams, I’m far away from here and when
I read the news to them, the lonely get a friend

I’m gonna grow up strong / they’re gonna know my name
I’m gonna work real hard / gonna make my way
But momma when I’m gone don’t ever feel alone
Because before too long you’ll hear me
On the radio

Ain’t it amazing, how fast the years go by
Time waits for no one and I’m left to wonder why
I’m 33 now and try as though I might
I never left this place, I never took the flight
Mom ain’t feeling well and dad has passed away
I run the store now behind this counter everyday
I’m not a newsman, I never got to go
Still on these lonely days I’ve got my friends
On the radio

I’m gonna grow up strong / they’re gonna know my name
I’m gonna work real hard / gonna make my way
But momma when I’m gone don’t ever feel alone
‘Cause maybe one day still you’ll hear me
On the radio