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THAT DAME I LEFT BEHIND ME (John P. Mitchell) Carson Robison - 1945 My Grandad said he sang this song to the girl he left behind him He kissed her brow and made a vow he swore would always bind him 'Twas in the days when girls were shy and corsets, wigs, and bustles But how they've changed as the years went by to slacks, sarongs and muscles I thought of that song not long ago as the parting tears did blind me And the lipstick smeared all over my face, I left it there to remind me She swore without me she would die, as her loving arms entwined me And I never knew she winked her eye at a guy who stood behind me I got aboard a battleship to sail the mighty ocean And I thought my uniform would rip, so full of love and devotion I swore I'd win this war alone, if that job were assigned me Then a hero, I would sail back home to the dame I left behind me I got myself so durn pepped up, I went to see the Captain I wish that I had known right then just what was 'bout to happen For in that room I saw a sight I thought would surely blind me On the Captain's desk was a picture of that dame I left behind me The Captain's face lit up with pride and he spoke to me so kindly "Young man," he said, "You're looking at the girl I left behind me" I couldn't help but smile and say, "Blessed be the ties that bind us" As I handed him my picture of that dame we left behind us The first time I went home again, I saw my old Grandaddy And I asked him 'bout that vow he made when he was just a laddie He said the sorrow on my face, it surely did remind him That gals ain't changed a dad blame bit from the one he left behind him (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - February 2013)

    


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