Jake is introduced with the song “McLemore’s“, which tells about his bar in Nashville and describes his character as seen through the eyes of young man. At the end of the song, Jake has sold his bar and moved outside Shreveport, Louisiana.
The song “Between Here and Gone” is our first exposure to Pearl, when she is in Macon, Georgia, contemplating leaving a dead end job. She travels west on Highway 80 to Shreveport where she stops at an all night diner and Jake McLemore enters her life (see song, “Pearl and Jake“) .
They live together for five years before Pearl chooses to leave when their relationship stagnates. She heads further west on 80, this time heading for Fort Worth to camp out with with her sister while she attempts to get back on her feet (see song “Hit the Road“).
When she leaves Shreveport, Pearl is not yet aware that she is carrying Jake’s baby, but while she is living with her sister it soon becomes obvious. She ends up getting her own place and prepares for the baby’s arrival, but chooses not to inform Jake immediately.
Pearl gives birth in 2015 to a baby girl whom she names Sadie Jo, after her parents, Jason Jones Robison and Sadie Boone. About two years after leaving Shreveport Pearl calls Jake and, in her first contact since she left, tells him he is a new father.
Pearl and Jake get married in 2018 and raise Sadie Jo McLemore together.
TERRELL (F.D. Leone, Jr.) All Pearl knew, she was heading to Texas When she packed up and left Shreveport She didn’t know then she was pregnant When she landed on her sister’s porch Six months later, Myrna asked if she’d thought about How she planned on raising this baby alone Her brother-in-law said it was time for her to move out Pearl needed a place of her own Terrell, Texas Where Pearl calls home Terrell, Texas Where Pearl lives alone Year later, Pearl was working at the Donut Hole Which made her think of Jake Sadie Jo’s his, he deserves to know Not telling him was a mistake That weekend Pearl prayed for the courage And help to find the right words to say Knowing Jake, he might speak of marriage And Pearl just might say okay Terrell, Texas … © 2019 Frank David Leone, Jr./Highway 80 Music (ASCAP). The songs and stories on the Highway 80 Stories website are works of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.