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Tecumseh Valley

This song is by Townes Van Zandt and appears on the album For The Sake of the Song (1968) and on the album Our Mother the Mountain (1969).

The name she gave was Caroline
The daughter of a miner
And her ways were free
And it seemed to me
The sunshine walked beside her

She'd come from Spencer, across the hill
She said her pa had sent her
'Cause the coal was low
And soon the snow
Would turn the skies to winter

She said she'd come to look for work
She was not seeking favors
And for a dime a day
And a place to stay
She'd turn those hands to labor

But the times were hard, Lord, and the jobs were few
All through Tecumseh Valley
But she asked around
And a job she found
Tending bar for Gypsy Sally

She saved enough to get back home
When spring replaced the winter
But her dreams were denied
Her Pa had died
The word come down from Spencer

So she turned to whoring out on the streets
With all the lust inside her
And it was many a man
Returned again
To lay himself beside her

They found her down beneath the stairs
That led to Gypsy Sally's
And in her hand when she died
Was a note that cried
Fare thee well
Tecumseh Valley

The name she gave was Caroline
The daughter of a miner
And her ways were free
And it seemed to me
The sunshine walked beside her

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