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PATCHES (Original Version) Down by the river that flows by the coal yards Stand wooden houses with shutters torn down The walls are all gray after years eating cold dust Shutters are broken the lawns are burned brown There lives a girl everybody calls Patches There lives a girl who’s the love of my life She is so pretty but I cannot have her Though Patches loves me we must stay apart Patches oh what can I do, I swear I’ll always love you But my folks say no so I just can’t go To your sweet lips and our loving arms. We planned to marry when June brought the summer I couldn’t wait to make Patches my bride Now I don’t see how that ever can happen My folks say no and my heart breaks inside. Each night I cry as I think of that shanty And pretty Patches there watching the door She never knows why I can’t come to see her Patches must think I don’t love her no more Patches oh what can I do I swear I’ll always love you But a girl from that place will just bring me disgrace So my folks won’t let me love you I hear a neighbor telling my father Something that’s making my heart skip a beat I hear him mention a girl they call Patches Shaking I quietly rise to my feet I start to cry now as I hear the story They say a girl name of Patches was found Floating face down in that dirty old river That flows by the coal yard in old shanty town Patches oh what can I do I swear I’ll always love you And though it may no be right but I’ll join you tonight Patches I’m coming to you. (Contributed by Cyril Murray - June 2004) ***** PATCHES Dickey Lee - 1962 Down by the river that flows by the coal yards. Stand wooden houses with shutters torn down There lives a girl everybody calls Patches Patches my darling of Old Shanty town We plan to marry when June brought the summer I couldn't wait to make Patches my bride Now I don't see how that ever can happen My folks say No, and my heart breaks inside Patches oh what can I do I swear I'll always love you But a girl from that place would just bring me disgrace So my folks won't let me love you Each night I cry as I think of that shanty And pretty Patches there watching the door She doesn't know that I can't come to see her Patches must think that I love her no more I hear a neighbour telling my father He said a girl name of Patches was found Floating face down in that dirty old river That flows by the coal yards in Old Shanty Town Patches oh what can I do I swear I'll always love you It may not be right But I'll join you tonight Patches I'm coming to you.

    


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