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Lyrics by: Bobbie Gentry
# Debut Chart
31 Nov '69 Hot 100
8 Nov '69 Adult Contemp
26 Dec '69 Country

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I remember it all very well, looking 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 dancing dress


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Mama washed and combed And curled my hair And she painted My eyes and lips And then I stepped into My satin dancing dress It was split on the side Clean up to my hips It was red velvet trim and it fit me good And staring back from the looking glass Was a woman where a Half growed kid had stood 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 Well, it's up to you Now don't let me down Your mama's gonna Help you move uptown (Don't let me down) (Don't let me down) Mama dabbed a little bit Of perfume on my neck And she kissed my cheek Then I saw the tears Well up in her troubled eyes When she started to speak She looked at our pitiful shack And then she looked at me And took a ragged breath Your Pa's runned off and 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 heeled shoe It sounded like somebody else That was talking Asking, mama, what do I do And just be nice To the gentlemen, Fancy And they'll be nice to you 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 Well, it's up to you Now get on out, girl You better start moving uptown Well, that was the last time I saw my Ma The night I left that rickety shack 'Cause 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 And it wasn't very long till I knew exactly what my Mama'd been talking about I did what I had to do But I made myself a solemn vow That I was gonna be a lady someday Though I didn't know when or how I couldn't see spending The rest of my life With my head hung down in shame I might have been born Just plain white trash But Fancy was my name Here's your one chance Fancy, don't let me down Here's your one chance Fancy, don't let me down It wasn't long after A benevolent man Took me in off the street And one week later I was pouring his tea In a five room hotel suite (Yes, she was) Well, I've charmed a king, a congressman And an occasional aristocrat And I got me a Georgia mansion And an elegant New York townhouse flat And I ain't done bad (She ain't done bad) Now in this world There's a lot of self-righteous Hypocrites that would call me bad And criticize my mama for turning me out No matter how little we had And though I ain't had To worry about nothing For nigh on fifteen years I can still hear the desperation In my poor mama's voice Ringing in my ears 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 Well, it's up to you Now don't let me down Your mama's gonna Help you move uptown And I guess she did

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