Melissa Lyrics - The Allman Brothers Band
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Crossroads ... seem to come and go ... yeah
The gypsy flies from coast to coast
Knowing many, loving none
Bearing sorrow, havin' fun
But back home he'll always run ... to sweet Melissa
Freight train ... each car looks the same ... all the same
And no one knows the gypsy's name
No one hears his lonely sighs
There are no blankets where he lies
Lord in the deepest dreams the gypsy flies ... with sweet Melissa
Again the morning's come
Again he's on the run
Sunbeams shinin' through his hair
Better not to have a care
So pick up your gear and gypsy roll on ... roll on
Crossroads ... will you ever let him go
No... no...no...Or will you hide the dead man's ghost
Lord, or will he lie ... beneath the plain. Or will his spirit fall away?
But I know that he won't stay ... without Melissa
Yes I know that he won't stay ... without Melissa
Writer: Allman, Gregg / Alaimo, Stephen
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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Melissa story | Reviewer: Melissa, my fathers choice | 9/29/13
Met a sweet older man who i only spoke with for a few moments. He said he would from then on sing Sweet Melissa in honor of me. Thought it was one of the sweetest things ive been told. It was such a bad day...my father in surgery, i was sick and couldent be there. That was a blessing just for me!:)
my sweet Melissa | Reviewer: Johnny Gonzales | 1/23/13
In a sense i have always felt like a gypsie due to my occupation although i am retired now. When i heard this song for the first time i was a teenager going down the road in my car when it came on the radio and after i heard it, i knew that instant that Melissa was going to be my daughters name if i ever had one, and thanks to god eight years later i did and to this day she is and always will be my "SWEET MELISSA".
Sweet Melissa | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/3/13
I almost named my daughter after this and thought there must be a million girls out there with this name. So I went for the name my daughter has and just switched the wording when I sing this song and say her name.
I am the gypsy in every sense of the word. Ask anyone I know. There has been a lot of sorrow in my very young life. I do feel like I traveled from coast to coast because I did just his. I always return now for my beautiful little daughter. She has grown into a very knock out, DDG young girl in her early 20's.
Believe you me, she is a tough act to follow. I love her to pieces so does her father.
Tragedy | Reviewer: klem | 6/7/12
So many hear this song and think of the love. His constant return. But you see, that is the song itself, because "no one hears his lonely sighs," "in the deepest dreams the gypsy flies," roll on. This is a song about a man who let go and knows he never should, in fact never could, never will, and will never return. It is tragedy and loss.
Named after a song | Reviewer: melissa | 2/15/12
Being named after a song is something that I have always thought was interesting. Not just because it is a great song, but that because of this song I was named named something completely different than what I was originally supposed to be called. I was supposed to be named Jennifer, but this was my parents favorite song so I guess they changed their minds.
another "melissa" | Reviewer: melissa | 8/1/10
ha i guess alot of people are named after this song. i always thought i was one of the only teenagers actually named after it. (i'm 15) I'm really happy to be able to say that i was named after such a great song :) and it's always fun to play on the jukebox in a restaurant. i was actually almost named Sweet Melissa and not just Melissa.
beautiful song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/5/10
I never really listen to this song, but just yesterday I thought of it because I'm actually named after it. I'm fourteen years old and I was told when i was younger that I was named after this song. When I hear it, I'm close to tears because it's so beautiful and I meant so much to my parents that they would basically dedicate this song to me is an honor. I think the song is saying how a guy (Gypsy) always travels everywhere but no matter what, when he gets back home, he'll always be in love with Melissa. It makes me so happy when I think about being that girl and my parents thinking of me as that girl that someone will always love and never let go.
True Love | Reviewer: Melissa | 5/9/10
I never knew of this song with my name until my engagement party where they had this song and "Chucky's in love" as the theme songs. It's the song now closest to my heart. It signifies me and my husband's love so well. My husband is very free spirited but I know I'll always be his home. As the for all of us, whomever or whatever is our true love and engraved in our hearts...we will always come back to and never really leave.
My daughter - gone but never forgotten | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/27/09
I had a beautiful baby girl almost 19 years ago that I had to name Melissa. She was not only beautiful but also was happy and smart. She was also my first child. But, she was born with a very severe heart defect and died only a year and a half later. My brother, who was very gifted on the guitar, played Sweet Melissa at her grave. To this day, I feel so many emotions when I hear this song. Life will never be the same "without Melissa."
Crossroads | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/4/09
For me this song has evolved in meaning through my life, singing of the lonelyness faced at the crossroads all must choose a path often losing something precious, leaving only bittersweet memories that are lasting for all the years of one's life the song itself leaves it's mark on me and is truely one of my favorites of all time. Godspeed to the Band.
Wow | Reviewer: Melissa banner | 7/8/09
I thought I was special my dad chose my name because of this song ( a long time favorite of his) I didn't realize how many parents had done the same. This song really provided a lot of inspiration. It is an awesome song and always reminds me of my dad every-time I hear it.
sweet melissa | Reviewer: doubled | 4/12/09
there are times when life gives you the imposable hand now is one of those times. Like the Gypsy says I have my own Melissa my first love from high school some 17 years back. she just moved home what a trip the flood of memories the song life is always a constant change thank you Allman Brothers thank you
Melissa | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/21/09
Sitting in a small club and the band just played Melissa. Each time I hear the song I reflect back to high school and think about my sweet Melissa. I occasionally run into her when I'm home and always think about what might have been. She is still as beautiful now as the first time I saw her. I've moved on as most gypsy's do but still and always wish her the best.
Melissssa! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/11/08
my name was going to be rachel but when my mom was on the way to the hospital and this song came on the radio she liked the name melissa then when the doctor asked what my name was my dad said melissa.
Im My Daddys Sweet Melissa. =*] | Reviewer: **Melissa** | 2/9/08
My Mom found out she was having a babygirl 17 years ago. and she planned on naming me Remi, and my father hated it, and this was and still is his favorite song, and hes sang it to me since the first time i was in his arms, i am and will always be his Sweet Melissa, and my other nickname is Gumski, it has no meaning but when the doctor put me in his arms for the very first time, i just looked like his little Gumski and that name has stuck with me, i love it, me and my daddy blast this song through out the house and sing it and cry! even though i am 17 years old he still holds me like the babygirl i once was. i cant make it through this song with out breaking down its so beautiful! and i thank god everyday for my father!! ive made mistakes, but hes still there and i love him, and i could never imagine him not being in my life!! i love you daddy your the best man in this whole world!!!
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