He Is Legend Fancy Lyrics

Black Unicorn Track Listing
  • 1 Cape Fear
  • 2 China White
  • 3 Modus Operandi
  • 4 Fell on Black Days
  • 5 Fancy

  • [Originally by Reba McEntire]

    I remember it all very well lookin' back
    It was the summer I turned eighteen
    We lived in a one room, rundown shack
    On the outskirts of New Orleans
    We didn't have money for food or rent
    To say the least we were hard pressed
    But Mama spent every last penny she had
    To buy me a dancin' dress

    Well Mama washed and combed and curled my hair
    She painted my eyes and lips well then I stepped down into
    a satin'
    dancin' dress that had a split on the side clean up
    to my hip
    Well it was red velvet trim and it fit me good
    Standin' back from the lookin' glass
    There stood a woman where a half grown kid
    had stood

    Here's your one chance Fancy don't let
    me down
    Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down

    Mama dabbled a little bit of perfume on my neck
    And then she kissed my cheek
    And I saw the tears wellin' up in her troubled eyes
    When she started to speak
    She looked at a pitiful shack and then she looked at me and took a ragged
    ragged breath
    She said your Pa's run off and I'm real sick
    And the baby's gonna starve to death

    She handed me a heart shaped locket that said
    To thine own self be true
    And then I shivered as I watched a roach crawl across
    The toe of my high heeled shoe
    It sounded like somebody else that was talkin'
    Askin' Mama what do I do
    She said be nice to the gentlemen Fancy
    They'll be nice to you

    Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down
    Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down
    Lord forgive me for what I do,
    but if you want out
    Well it's up to you
    Well don't let me down
    Now your Mama's gonna move you uptown

    Well, that was the last time I saw my Ma
    The night I left that rickety shack
    The welfare people came and took the baby
    Mama died and I ain't been back

    Well But the wheels of fate they was startin' to turn
    And for me there was no way out
    It wasn't very long 'til I knew exactly
    What Mama'd been talkin' about

    I knew what I had to do but I made myself this
    solemn vow
    Oh I's gonna be a lady someday
    Though I didn't know when or how
    I couldn't see spending the rest of my life
    With my head hung down in shame you know
    I might have been born just plain white trash
    But Fancy was my name

    Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down
    Said here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down

    It wasn't long after a benevolent man
    Took me in off the street
    And one week later I was pourin' his tea
    In a five room hotel suite

    I charmed a king, congressman
    And the occasional aristocrat
    Then I got me a Georgia mansion
    In an elegant New York townhouse flat
    And I ain't done bad

    Now in this world there's a lot of self-righteous
    Hippocrates
    That would call me bad
    They criticize Mama for turning me out
    No matter how little we had

    But though I ain't had to worry 'bout nothin'
    For nigh on fifteen years
    I can still hear the desperation in my poor
    Mama's voice ringin' in my ear

    Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down
    Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down

    Lord, forgive me for what I do
    But if you want out well it's up to you
    Now don't let me down
    Your Mama's gonna help you uptown
    Uptown oh oh

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