Are there any songs that make you go "that is my life"?
February 24, 2008 10:19pm CST
I have two they are both Reba McEntire. The first is Fancy 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 on the side clean up to my hip It was red velvet trim 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 dabbled a little bit of perfume on my neck And she kissed my cheek Then I saw the tears wellin' up in her troubled eys As she started to speak She looked at a pitiful shack and then she looked at me and took a ragged breath She said 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 accross The toe of my high heeled 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 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 Don't let me down now, your Mama's gonna move you uptown Well, that was the last time I saw my Ma When 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 And it wasn't very long 'til I knew exactly What my Mama'd been talkin' about I knew what I had to do and I made myself this solemn vow That I's gonna be a lady someday Though I didn't know when or how But I couldn't see spending 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 long after that benevolent man Took me in off the street And one week later I was pourin' his tea In a five room hotel suite I charmed a king, congressman And an occasional aristocrat Then I got me a Georgia mansion In an elegant New York townhouse flat And I ain't done bad Now in this world there's a lot of self-righteous hippocrates That would call me 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 O 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 You Mama's gonna move you uptown I guess she did The other is "is there life out there" She married when she was twenty She thought she was ready Now shes not so sure She thought shed done some living But now shes just wonderin What shes living for Now shes feeling that theres something more Chorus: Is there life out there So much she hasnt done Is there life beyond Her family and her home Shes done what she should Should she do what she dares She doesnt want to leave Shes just wonderin Is there life out there Shes always lived for tomorrow Shes never learned how To live for today Shes dyin to try something foolish Do something crazy Or just get away Something for herself for a change Repeat chorus Theres a place in the sun that shes never been Where life is fair and time is a friend Would she do it the same as she did back then She looks out the window and wonders again Repeat chorus twice