Down From Dover

Album: The Fairest of Them All (1969)
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  • (Dolly Parton)

    I know this dress I'm wearing doesn't hide the secret I've tried concealing
    When he left he promised me he'd be back by the time it was revealing
    The sun behind a cloud just casts the crawling shadow o'er the fields of clover
    And time is running out for me, I wish that he would hurry down from Dover
    He's been gone so long, when he left the snow was deep upon the ground
    And I have seen a spring and summer pass and now the leaves are turning brown
    At any time a tiny face will show itself 'cause waiting's almost over
    But I won't have a name to give it if he doesn't hurry down from Dover, from Dover, from Dover

    My folks weren't understanding, when they found out they sent me from the home place
    My daddy said if folks found out he'd be ashamed to ever show his face
    My mamma said I was a fool, she did not believe it when I told her
    Momma, everything's gonna be all right 'cause soon he would be coming down from Dover

    I found a place to stay out on a farm takin' care of that old lady
    She never asked me nuthin' so I never talked to her about my baby
    I sent a messgae to my mom with a name and address of Ms. ol' Grover
    And to make sure he got that information when he came down from Dover

    I loved him more than anything and I could not refuse him when he needed me
    He was the only one I'd loved and I just can't believe that he was usin' me
    He wouldn't leave me here like this, I know it can't be so, it can't be over
    He wouldn't make me go through this alone, he'll be coming down from Dover

    My body aches the time is here it's lonely in this place where I'm lying
    Our baby has been born, but something's wrong, it's too still, I hear no crying
    I guess in some strange way she knew she'd never have a father's arms to hold her
    So dying was her way of tellin' me he wasn't coming down from Dover, from Dover, from Dover
    Down from Dover

    Writer/s: Dolly Parton
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • Mark from London, EnglandNancy Sinatra covered this song, with a very tearful denouement.
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