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rechal@earthlink.net Chords Req: The Lakes of Ponchartrain (68* d) Lyr Add: THE LILY OF THE WEST 02 Jul 97


Ha! I KNEW I'd heard another version of this song. I still can't remember where, but it's called "The Lily of the West." Perhaps it was on that album the Chieftains did a few years ago with guests like Mick Jagger and I forget who else.

Anyway, I found this at http://www.epix.net/~lesley/folk.html

When first I came to Louisville, some pleasure there to find,
A damsel there from Lexington was pleasing to my mind.
Her rosy cheeks, her ruby lips like arrows pierced my breast.
The name she bore was Flora, the Lily of the West.

I courted lovely Flora, and to her I was so kind,
But she went to another man. It nearly wrecked my mind.
She robbed me of my freedom, deprived me of my rest.
Betrayed was I by Flora, the Lily of the West.

He met her in a shady grove, this man of high degree.
I saw him kiss my Flora and it sure did things to me.
She told me he was just a friend, but still I was depressed.
Betrayed was I by Flora, the Lily of the West.

I stepped up to my rival, with my dagger in my hand.
I seized him by the collar. It's not hard to understand,
That, blinded by my jealousy, I pierced him in the breast.
Betrayed was I by Flora, the Lily of the West.

The trial was held. I made my plea, but 'twas of no avail.
Now I await the hangman in a stinkin' rotten jail.
But though I give my all away, and though my life is messed,
I love my faithless Flora, the Lily of the West.

Words from Golden Encyclopedia of Folk Music
Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
ISBN 0-88188-380-8


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