“23”


You can marry an architect
Build you a house out on the water
That really impresses your father
And you can find some grown up friends
And drink some wine in California
But even if you cut it shorter

You’ll always have long blond hair
You’ll always be Memphis queen
You’ll always be my first time in New Orleans

No matter where I go, no matter what I do
I’ll never be 23 with anyone but you
You can marry who you want
Go back to Tennessee
But you’ll never be 23 with anyone but me
We’ll always have Folly beach
We’ll always have delta nights
We’ll always be in-between real love and real life

You can ride the train to work
Straighten out your accent in the city
Like your folks ain’t from Mississippi
You probably got an office view
Wearing those skirts you always hated
Yeah, you’re so sophisticated

But I bet you when you drink too much
I bet you’re thinking ’bout back when
I really hope you’re happy now
I’m really glad I knew you then

No matter where I go, no matter what I do
I’ll never be 23 with anyone but you
You can marry who you want
Go back to Tennessee
But you’ll never be 23 with anyone but me
We’ll always have Folly beach
We’ll always have delta nights
We’ll always be in-between real love and real life

You’ll always have your first last name
Standing in that July rain
Telling me your mind is changed
But in my mind you’re still the same

Long blond hair
You’ll always be Memphis queen
You’ll always be my first time in New Orleans

No matter where I go, no matter what I do
I’ll never be 23 with anyone but you
You can marry who you want
Go back to Tennessee
But you’ll never be 23 with anyone but me

Sam Hunt first performed an acoustic version of “23” live for a special on the SiriusXM channel The Highway in July of 2020. The song was officially released on the 9th of September, 2021.

The cover art of this song is a photograph of Sam Hunt’s wife’s aunt and uncle when they were young.


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