Shenandoah

Shenandoah - Lily Of The Alley

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In the spring of 1941 a young girl bloomed in Georgia

Her eyes were the deepest shade of blue

Her heart was pure as morning dew

She had a smile that everybody seemed to talk about

But a stranger'd moved to town that year

He changered her life one rainy night against her will

He had his own way with her and innocence just withered away

From the Lily Of The Valley

Late that fall she had to move away to have a baby

Cause the rumor began to grow

A planted seed began to show

She was the one that everybody seemed to talk about

Times were hard and the choice just wasn't her's

To go out on the streets at night trading favors for survival

On the lower part of town she was known

As the Lily Of The Alley

(chorus)

She never stood a chance

She fell victim to life's circumstance but life goes on

When you're fighting to survive

Sometimes I guess you've got the right to be wrong

A rose by any other name is known

As the Lily Of The Alley

Mama never had a chance to make an honest living

But there was always food for me to eat

And shoes were always on my feet

I was all that Mama ever cared about

I never knew who Daddy was

But Mama's twice the person that he could ever be

And even though she raised me on the back streets, in my mind

She'll always be the Lily Of The Valley

(chorus)

She never stood a chance

She fell victim to life's circumstance but life goes on

When you're fighting to survive

Sometimes I guess you've got the right to be wrong

A rose by any other name is known

As the Lily Of The Alley

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