Patches (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 GG oct97
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