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(Bobbie Gentry)

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

Then Mama spent every last penny we had

To buy me a dancin` dress

Mama washed and combed and curled my hair

And she painted my eyes and lips

Then I stepped into a satin dancin` dress that had a split from the side clean up to my hips

It was red velvet trimmin` and it fit me good

Standin` back from the lookin` glass

There stood a woman where a half grown kid had stood

She said here`s your one chance Fancy don`t let me down

She said here`s your one chance Fancy don`t let me down

Mama dabbed a little bit of perfume on my neck

Then she kissed my cheek

And then I saw the tears wellin` up in her troubled eyes

as she started to speak

She looked at our pitiful shack

And then she looked at me and took a ragged breath

She said your Pa`s run`d off, 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 I shivered as I watched a roach crawl across

The toe of my high heel shoe

It sounded like somebody else that was talkin`

Askin` Mama what do I do

She said just be nice to the gentlemen Fancy

They`ll be nice to you

She said here`s your one chance Fancy don`t let me down

She said here`s your one chance Fancy don`t let me down

Lord forgive me for what I do, but if you want out

it`s up to you

don`t let me down now your Mama`s gonna move you uptown.

That was the last time I saw my Mama

The night I left that rickety shack

The welfare people came and took the baby

Mama died and I ain`t been back

But the wheels of fate had started to turn

And for me there was no way out

It wasn`t very long `til I knew exactly

What my Mama been talkin` about

I knew what I had to do and I made myself this solemn vow

I was gonna be a lady someday

Though I didn`t know when or how

But I couldn`t see spendin` 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

She said here`s your one chance Fancy don`t let me down

She said here`s your one chance Fancy don`t let me down

It wasn`t very long after a benevolent man

Took me in off the streets

One week later I was pourin` his tea

In a five room hotel suite [yes she was]

I charmed a king, a congressman

And an occasional aristocrat

And then I got me a Georgia mansion

And an elegant New York townhouse flat

And I ain`t gone back [she ain`t gone back]

Now in this world there`s a lot of self-righteous hypocrites

That`d call me bad [bad]

And 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 it`s up to you

don`t let me down, hon

Mama`s gonna move you uptown

Oh, and I guess she did.

Release History

The Reba McEntire song "Fancy" appears on the following albums:
50 Greatest Hits
28 October 2008


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