My Best Dress

04:55
Cheley Tackett
2017
Cheley Tackett

Lyrics

MY BEST DRESS

(Randall Clay/Ashley McBryde/Cheley Tackett)

 

My true love came home alive

From the bloodshed at Shiloh

To find my hand given to another man

On the other side of the Ohio

 

Pa sold off every mule he had

And mama’s only piece of silver

As the railroad reached from Lexington

He had ‘em harvest all our timber

 

I gave all that we had left

So he’d pay off my Daddy’s debt

I wore white with innocence

And he got blood on my best dress

 

There was nothing gentle about this man

And his baby grew inside me

Before I died by his hand

I prayed my true love would find me

 

Whiskey & wickedness

He cursed the Bible & my Sunday best

I mourned a child that I never met

And he got blood on my best dress

 

The only chore that I had left

Was to pull the wash down off the line

Dogs were barking so he stood up

Slipped on his boots and stepped outside

 

I heard a gunshot from the west

Bullet sank deep in his chest

He grabbed the line with his last breath

And he got blood on my best dress

 

My true love came home alive

From the bloodshed at Shiloh

To find my hand given to another man

On the other side of the Ohio