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From: “Country Music Television's 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music”

Fancy
by

BOBBIE GENTRY

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FANCY
Words and Music by
BOBBIE GENTRY
Moderate Rock
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Well, I re -

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mem-ber it all ver - y well, look-in’ back, it was the sum-mer I turned eight - een. We

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lived in a one - room, run - down shack on the out - skirts of New - Or - leans. We

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did -n’t have mon-ey for food or rent, to say the least, we were hard - pressed. Then

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Ma-ma spent ev-’ry last pen-ny we had to buy me a danc - in’ dress. Well, Ma-ma

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washed and combed and curled my hair and then she paint-ed my eyes and lips. Then I

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stepped in - to a sat - in danc - in’ dress that had a split on the side clean up to my hip.

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It was red vel - vet trim - min’ and it fit me good. And stand-in’

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back from the look-ing glass there stood a wom-an where a half - grown kid had stood. She said,

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“Here’s your one chance, Fan - cy, don’t let me down.” She said,

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“Here’s your one chance, Fan - cy, don’t let me down.”

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Ma - ma dabbed a lit - tle bit of per - fume on my neck


that was the last time I saw my ma, the night I

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then she kissed my cheek. And then I saw the tears well - in’ up in her trou-bled eyes
left that rick - et - y shack. The wel - fare peo-ple came and took the ba - by, Ma - ma

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as she start-ed to speak. She looked at our pit - i - ful shack and then she looked at me
died and I ain’t been back. But the wheels of fate had start-ed to turn and for

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and took a rag-ged breath. She said, “Your pa’s run off and I’m real sick and the ba -
me there was no way out. Was-n’t ver-y long till I knew ex - act - ly what my

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- by’s gon - na starve to death.” She hand-ed me a heart-shaped lock - et that said, “To thine
ma-ma’d been talk-in’ a - bout. I knew what I had to do and I made my -

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own self be true.” And I shiv-ered as I watched a roach crawl a - cross the toe
self this sol - emn vow: I’s gon -na be a la - dy some-day, though I

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of my high - heeled shoe. It sound - ed like some -bod - y else


did - n’t know when or how. But I could - n’t see spend - in’ the rest

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that was talk - in’, ask - in’, “Ma - ma, what do I do?” She said,
of my life with my head held down in shame. You know, I

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“Just be nice to the gen - tle-men, Fan - cy, they’ll be nice to you.”
She said,
might-’ve been born just plain white trash, but Fan - cy was my name.

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“Here’s your one chance, Fan - cy, don’t let me down.

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Here’s your one chance, Fan - cy, don’t let me down. Lord, for -

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give me for what I do, but if you want out, well, it’s up to you. Now, don’t

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let me down, now, your ma-ma’s gon-na move you up - town.

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D.S. al Coda

Well, It

N.C.

was - n’t long af - ter, a be - nev - o - lent man took me in off the streets.

One week lat - er I was pour-in’ his tea in a five-room ho-tel suite. I charmed a king, a

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con - gress-man and an oc - ca-sion-al a - ris - to - crat. And then I got me a Geor - gia man -

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- sion and an el - e - gant New York town -house flat and I ain’t done bad.

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Now, in this world there’s a lot of self - right - eous

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hyp - o - crites that call me bad and crit - i - cize Ma - ma for turn -

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- in’ me out, no mat -ter how lit - tle we had. But though I ain’t had to wor -

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- ry ’bout noth - in’ for nigh on fif - teen years, well, I can

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still hear the des - per - a - tion in my poor ma-ma’s voice ring-in’ in my ears.

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“Here’s your one chance, Fan - cy, don’t let me down.

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xo o x

Here’s your one chance, Fan - cy, don’t let me down.

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Lord, for - give me for what I do, but if

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you want out, well, it’s up to you. Now, don’t let me down, now, your

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ma - ma’s gon - na move you up - town.

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Well, now I guess she did.

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Repeat and Fade Optional Ending


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