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The Ballad of Molly Parker

from From This Far by Ivory Drive

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Well, a man walked into the room with loneliness on his face
He said, “I been travlin’ for 700 miles before I arrived at this place.”
He said, “It has been so long since I been able to find my love,”
“She’s been floatin’ away from me on the wind like a dove.”

And he proceeded to tell his lonely tale
He said, “I met this beautiful girl, and we lived together well,”
“But after a year or so, they came and took her from me…”
Said, “They tied me on the floor, uncertain and un-free”

As tears began to form, he told us of his past
He said, “Nobody would help me, it all happened so fast.”
“But then one day there came a knockin’ up on my door”
“’What is this’, I asked, ‘what have you come for’?”

He said, “Standin’ out the door was a man I did not know,”
“At this point these tragic events had happened three years ago”
“He told me that he’d heard where my love was now”
“Said she wanted to come back home to me, yet did not know how”

“So I asked him where she was, and he pointed me this way”
“That is why I’m standin’ here, in front of ya’ll today”
He Said, “I come 700 miles to see what I can find,”
“’Cause she is all that I can think of, she never leaves my mind”

Then the man caught a glimpse of the picture above my head
It was a portrait of a girl, framed and dressed in red
His face lit up like a lantern, and the tears began to stream
He said, “This cannot be… How can it be? It has to be a dream…”

Then the manager came out, said, “We don’t serve your kind here.”
“Why don’t you just turn around, and make yourself disappear”
The man responded, though, “That’s my love hangin’ on your wall”
“I come 700 miles, could ya help me out at all?”

Well the manager, he sighed, and looked at the girl in the frame
This was the man she’d spoken of… the moment finally came
When I said, “Your girl came here a few years ago, beaten and abused”
“Out of sympathy she was employed, how could she have refused?”
“But in the streets a few months ago, she was arguing for her freedom”
“So they threw her down, and they beat her up, and they killed her without reason.”

The man confused and broken-hearted turned the other way
He’d come 700 miles just to hear what I had to say
About his beautiful love that he’d been chasing for so long
She was innocent and brave, confident and strong.


from From This Far, released July 29, 2009
Music and Lyrics by Van Wampler


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Ivory Drive is an Alternative/Indie band from Boulder, Colorado. With a combination of piano, organ, drums, bass, trumpet, and sax, their unique sound is a savory stew of rock and jazz, flavored with blues, world, folk, and even bits of classical. Click on the Play button on the player below to hear their music, or on the menu at the top to learn more about Ivory Drive. ... more

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