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THE LILY OF THE WEST Traditional Ballad-Ohio Version Joan Baez When first I came to Louisville,Some pleasure there to find, A damsel there from Lexington was pleasin' to my mind. Her rosy cheeks, her ruby lips,like arrows pierced my breast-- And the name she bore was Flora, the Lily of the West. I courted lovely Flora some pleasure there to find, But she turned unto another man which sore distressed my mind. She robbed me of my liberty, deprived me of my rest-- Then go, my lovely Flora, the Lily of the West. 'Way down in yonder shady grove, a man of high degree Conversin' with my Flora there, it seemed so strange to me. And the answer that she gave him it sore did me oppress- I was betrayed by Flora, the Lily of the West. I stepped up to my rival, my dagger in my hand, I seized him by the collar, and boldly bade him stand. Being mad to desperation I pierced him in the breast- Then go, my lovely Flora, the Lily of the West. I had to stand my trial, I had to make my plea, They placed me in the criminal box and then commenced on me Although she swore my life away, deprived me of my rest- Still I love my faithless Flora, the Lily of the West. (Contributed by George A. Furst - April 2008)


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