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Flora - Lyrics

When first he came to Louisville, his fortune there to find
He met a fair young maiden there, her beauty filled his mind
Her rosy cheek, her ruby lips, they gave his heart no rest
The name she bore was Flora, the lily of the west

He courted lovely Flora, he promised ne'er to go
But soon a tale was told to him that filled his heart with woe
They said she meets another man who holds his love in jest
And yet he trusted Flora, the lily of the west

'Way down in yonder shady grove, a man of low degree
He spoke unto his Flora there and kissed her 'neath a tree
The answers that she gave to him like arrows pierced his breast
He was betrayed by Flora, the lily of the west

He walk'd up to his rival, his dagger in his hand
He seized him by the collar and he ordered him to stand
All in his desperation, he stabbed him in his breast
He killed a man for Flora, the lily of the west

And then he had to stand his trial, he had to make his plea
They placed him in a pris'ner's dock and then commenced on him
Although she swore his life away, deprived him of his rest
Still he love his faithless Flora, the lily of the west

Writer(s): NOEL PAUL STOOKEY, ELENA MEZZETTI, MARY ALLIN TRAVERS

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