Digital Tradition Mirror


(Barry Mann and Larry Kolber)

Down by the river that floats by the coal yards
Stand wooden houses with shutters torn down
There lives a girl ev'rybody calls Patches
Patches, my darling of old Shanty Town.

We planned to marry when June brought the sun
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 will 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 heard a neighbor tellin' my father
He says a girl name of Patches was found
Floating face down that dirty old river
That floats 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 your tonight
Patches I'm coming to you.

Recorded by Dickey Lee

Thanks to Mudcat for the Digital Tradition!

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