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Down by the river that flows by the coalyards
stand wooden houses with shutters torn down
there lives a girl everybody calls Patches
Patches my darlin' of old shanty town
We planned to marry when June brought the summer
I couldn't wait to make Patches my bride
now I dont see how that ever can happen
my folks say no and my heart breaks inside
patches oh what can I do, I swear I'll always
love you but a girl from that place will just
bring me disgrace so my folks won't let me love you
Each night I cry as I think of that shanty
and pretty Patches there watching the door
she doesn't know that I cant come to see her
Patches must think that I love her no more
I hear a neighbor telling my father, he says a girl
name of patches was found floating face down in that dirty
old river that flows by the coalyard in old shanty town
Patches oh what can I do, I swear I'll always love you
it may not be right but I'll join you tonight
Patches I'm comin' to you...