WHEN LILY WAS QUEEN

LILY PEARL STANDIN' BY THE WOODSTOVE
COOKIN' UP A POT OF FATBACK AND BEANS
APRONS MADE OUTTA MARTHA WHITE FLOUR SACK
THEM WAS THE DAYS WHEN LILY WAS OUEEN

THERE'S GONNA BE A FAMILY REUNION
DOWN AROUND LITTE RIVER PARK
LILY GOT A BRAND NEW BABY THEY SAY
JESSE BROWN HAD TO UP AND RUN AWAY
IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN 'CAUSE NOBODY CAME
JESSE LEFT SO FAST THE  BABY GOT NO NAME

LILY PEARL, WHAT'CHA GONNA NAME YOUR BABY ?
LILY PEARL, WHAT'CHA GONNA NAME YOUR CHILD?
LILY PEARL, THEY SAY HE RUN AWAY AND LEFT YOU CRAZY
BUT OOH-OOH YOUR MAN HAD A PRETTY SMILE .

LILY PEARL TOLD MOST FOLKS
SHE COULD RAISE HER BABY FINE WITHOUT A MAN
BUT SHE CRIED AT THE TABLE WITH HER KIN FOLK
HER PEOPLE CRIED WITH HER, BUT DID THEY UNDERSTAND ?

LILY PEARL STILL STANDIN' BY THE WOODSTOVE
TALKIN' TO A POT OF FATBACK AND BEANS
TWENTY YEARS LATER, STILL COOKIN' A SPREAD
BUT THERE'S NO REUNION 'CAUSE THE FAMILY'S MOST DEAD
THEY TOOK HER BABY AT THE AGE OF 13
LEFT HER LIVIN' IN THE DAYS WHEN LILY WAS QUEEN.

LILY PEARL, DID YOU EVER NAME YOUR BABY?
LILY PEARL, DO YOU EVER MISS YOUR CHILD?
LILY PEARL, HIS DADDY RUN AWAY AND LEFT YOU CRAZY
BUT OOH-OOH YOUR MAN HAD A PRETTY SMILE.

LILY PEARL,  YOU NEVER GONNA KNOW YOUR BABY?
LILY PEARL,  THEY NEVER LET YOU SEE YOUR CHILS
LILY PEARL, THEY SAY HE RUN AWAY AND LEFT YOU CRAZY
BUT OOH-OOH THAT MAN HAD A PRETTY SMILE.

(Ray Sawyer, Dennis Locorriere, Ron Haffkine)

Copyright @ 1973 BLACKWODD MUSIC~ INC. & REKOOH MUSIC.