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The Ballad of Maggie Brown

from The Best of Bill Metts by Bill Metts

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The Ballad of Maggie Brown© by Bill Metts
Here’s a song about a girl I know
name a Maggie Brown.
Spent all her days since she’s born
in a backwoods country town.
Misfortune came one day you know
she fell for a city man.
Packed her bags got on that train
left ol’ Lu’sianne.
Willy Jones weren’t that bad,
he just weren’t too smart.
Never understood the mysteries
of a woman’s heart.
Should'a turned that girl around
put her right back on that train.
What that fool done instead caused a lot of pain.

Poor Maggie wouldn’t want to be in her shoes
Empty pockets and a long way from home.

He helped her find a place to stay,
work to make some dough.
She slipped into his back pocket
wouldn’t let him go.
Tried to make him jealous
hanging with some other guy.
Didn’t work out the way she thought.
Ol’ Willie didn’t bat an eye.
Played that game a bit too long
got knocked up one day.
Went looking for that baby’s dad
he’s long gone away. Oh Lordy…

Wonder how she’s gonna deal
with all the stress and strife.
She's all alone, with an Empty heart,
and a belly full of life.
Some say it was a Dr.’s knife
some say a sorrow thief.
Most folks say that Maggie’s heart
just could not find relief.
Sometimes life just hits you hard
makes no sense to blame.
In the end she lost that child
ain’t never been the same.


That Girl finally got some sense
caught that train back home
Planted roots in her hometown
never more to roam
Got a lot kids now. Got a
good ol’ country man
Got herself a real nice life
back in Lu’sianne

Go on Maggie! Everything’s turned out alright.
Got lost along that winding road
but found your way back home.


from The Best of Bill Metts, released November 1, 2019


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Bill Metts Cape Coral, Florida

I have been playing guitar and singing for nearly fifty years now. I Started with American Folk and Blues tunes and finger- style guitar. Had a run in with a Classic Rock band for 6 years or so and I sure was glad when that ended. I spent 15 years playing in nursing homes doing standards from the 30’s and 40’s. Now I mostly write. You will see a bit of all the above in my songs. I hope you like. ... more

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