The Ballad of Dorothy Lee

from Unfinished Business by Tommy Wiggins

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lyrics

Dorothy Lee was an orphan girl
She was sent away back in ‘37
to the little Northwoods town
sisters and her brothers, they weren’t around
the girl just turned eleven
when she was standing at that station
suitcase in her hand
Mama just turned eleven
with a suitcase in her hand

She grew up and she moved on
from the little Northwoods town
left her aunt and uncle there at the station
The boys were off to war back in ‘43
and there were good jobs in the city
and Mama was pretty

Look out boys, look out world
here she comes, the Orphan Girl
she’s gonna’ find a good life on her own
Met him at a ballroom dance
he had just shipped home from France
he fell in love, with the orphan girl

Made some babies, and made a home
her boys raised some babies of their own
They called her “grandma”
She knew she was blessed beyond her dreams
cuz’ all she wanted was a family
when she was standing at that station
suitcase in her hand
Mama just turned eleven
with a suitcase in her hand

Grandkids there to hold here hand
picture of her mama on the nightstand
Dorothy Lee knew that her days had passed
and she'd be home at last

Look out boys, look out world
there she goes the Orphan Girl
she found what she needed in this life
Mama’s gone and that’s all right
She’s up there with her Lord tonight
She loved every one of us the best

Train took Mama to that Northwoods town
back in ‘37
Her three boys, we brought her back again
in summer two thousand ‘leven
©tommy wiggins

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from Unfinished Business, released August 15, 2019
Tommy Wiggins - lvocals, acoustic guitars, Wurlitzer piano
Stuart Mathis - electric guitars
Mark Rubel - bass
Ken Coomer - drums

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Tommy Wiggins Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville’s Tommy Wiggins began writing songs by kerosene lamp in a Rocky Mountain cabin. He’s been writing, recording and performing his own funky blend of folky, bluesy, country-funk ever since. Tommy recently released his twentieth CD “UNFINISHED BUSINESS” and the chill/yoga inspired TERRA, and he's feeling the call of the West once more. ... more

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