#03244
Yankee Lady (Bob Porter & Stan Smith)

I lived with the decent folks
in the hills of old Vermont,
Where what you do all day
depends on what you want;
And I took up with a woman there,
though I was just a kid,
And I smile like the sun to think
of the loving that we did.

Rose each morning and went to work,
she kept me with her pay,
And I was making love all night
and playing guitar all day;
And I got me apple cider
and homemade bread
to make a man say grace,
Clean linens on my bed
and a warm fire place.

Yankee lady so good to me,
Yankee lady just a memory;
Yankee lady so good to me,
Your memories will have to do for me.

An autumn walk on a country road
with a million flaming trees,
And I was feeling uneasy 'cause
there was winter in the breeze;
And she said, "Oh Jesse, look over there,
the birds are southward bound,
Oh Jesse, I'm so afraid to lose
all this love that we found."

Yankee lady so good to me,
Yankee lady just a memory;
Yankee lady so good to me,
Your memories will have to do for me.

I don't know what called to me,
I know I have to go,
And I left that Vermont town
with a lift down to sunny Mexico;
And now when I see myself
as a stranger by my birth,
Yankee lady's memory
reminds me of my worth.

Yankee lady so good to me,
Yankee lady just a memory;
Yankee lady so good to me,
Your memories will have to do for me.

####.... Jesse Winchester [1944-2014] ©1970 ....####
Originally recorded by Jesse Winchester [1944-2014] on his self-titled album (Jesse Winchester, trk#6, 1970 LP, Ampex; 1976 LP, Bearsville Records; 1988 LP, Rhino/Bearsville; 1995 CD, Stony Plain; 2006, remastered CD, Wounded Bird Records).

From Wikipedia:
Jesse Winchester James Ridout "Jesse" Winchester [1944-2014] was an American-Canadian musician and songwriter. He was born and raised in the southern United States. Opposed to the Vietnam War, he moved to Canada in 1967 to avoid military service and began his career as a solo artist. His highest-charting recordings were of his own songs, "Yankee Lady" in 1970 and "Say What" in 1981. He became a Canadian citizen in 1973, gained amnesty in the US in 1977 and resettled there in 2002. Winchester was best known as a songwriter. His works were recorded by many notable artists, including Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, the Everly Brothers and Emmylou Harris. A number of these recordings achieved positions on various charts.

The lyrics in the variant above were recorded during a live performance by Bob Porter and Stan Smith who had permission from Jesse Winchester to record this song.


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