Lily of the West
Traditional - Bob Dylan

(Intro: Am - G - F - Am / Am - Em - Dm - Am)
I (Am)just came (Em)down from (C)Louis(D7)ville
Some (Am)pleasure (Em)for to (Am)find
A handsome (Em)girl from (C)Lexing(G)ton
So (Am)pleasing to (Em)my (Am)mind
Her hair was (Em)laid in (C)dia(G)monds
And a (Am)star up(Em)on her (Am)breast
They called her (Em)handsome (C)Mary
(D7)The (Am)Lily (Em)of the (Am)West

I courted her for many a year, I thought her love to gain
Too soon, too soon she slighted me, which caused me grief and pain
She robbed me of my liberty, deprived me of my rest
But still I love my Mary, the Lily of the West

As I walked out one evening down in yon’ shady grove
I saw a lord of high degree conversing with my love
He sang, he sang so merrily, while I was sore distressed
He sang for handsome Mary, the Lily of the West

I rushed up to my rival, a dagger in my hand
I caught him by the collar and boldly bade him stand
Being mad to desperation, my dagger pierced his breast
I was betrayed by Mary, the Lily of the West

And now trial has come off, and sentenced soon I’ll be
They put me in the criminal box and there convicted me
She so deceived the jury, so modestly did dress
She far outshone bright Venus, the Lily of the West

Since then I’ve gained my liberty, I’ll roam the country through
I’ll travel the cities over and find my loved one true
Though she robbed me of my liberty, deprived me of my rest
Still I love my Mary, the Lily of the West


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