"Sweet Lorraine" as written by and Patty Griffin....
Sweet Lorraine the fiery haired brown eyed schemer
Who came from a long line of drinkers and dreamers
Who knew that sunshine don't hold up to dark
Whose businesses fail

Who sleep in the park
Lorraine who spoke of paintings in Paris
And outlandish things to her family just to scare us
Whose heart went pokin' where it shouldn't ought

Whose mother could only sppit at the thought of
Lorraine, sweet Lorraine

Her father her father would tear out like a page of the bible
Then he'd burn down the house to announce his arriva1
Her mother was working and never was home
Lorraine carved out a little life of her own

Lorraine started working, Lorraine went to school
Her mother threw stones at her on the day that she moved
Now isn't that a very strange thing to do
For someone who never really wanted you

1Lorraine, sweet Lorraine

Her daddy called her a slut and a whore
On the night before her wedding day
The very next morning at the church
Her daddy gave Lorraine away
Lorraine, sweet Lorraine

In the battle of time in the battle of will
It's only your hope and your heart that gets killed
And it gets harder and harder lorraine, to believe in magic
When what came before you is so very tragic
Lorraine, sweet Lorraine
Lorraine, sweet Lorraine


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    General CommentI. love. this. song.

    The lyrics, Patty's voice...everything about it is amazing. It always takes me a while to understand exactly what she's saying, which makes me love her songs even more. The lyrics have a lot of meaning.

    The song seems pretty self explanatory, about a girl named Lorraine. The only thing I'm confused about is if Lorraine is related to Patty....

    "Lorraine who spoke of paintings in Paris
    And outlandish things to her family just to scare us"

    Unless she is just singing from another's perspective, which she seems to do a lot.

    plamtreesintexason January 12, 2011   Link

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