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Fancy
Reba McEntire Lyrics


I remember it all very well, lookin' back
It was the summer I turned eighteen
We lived in a one room, rundown shack
On the outskirts of New Orleans
We didn't have money for food or rent
To say the least, we were hard pressed
Then Mama spent every last penny we had
To buy me a dancin' dress

Mama washed and combed and curled my hair
And then she painted my eyes and lips, then I stepped into a satin
Dancin' dress that had a split on the side clean up to my hip
It was red velvet trim and it fit me good
Standin' back from the lookin' glass
There stood a woman where a half gown kid had stood

She said, "here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down
Here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down"

Mama dabbed a little bit of perfume on my neck
Then she kissed my cheek
And then I saw the tears wellin' up in her troubled eyes
As she started to speak
She looked at our pitiful shack
And then she looked at me and took a ragged breath
She said your pa's runned off and I'm real sick
And the baby's gonna starve to death

She handed me a heart shaped locket that said
"To thine own self be true"
And I shivered as I watched a roach crawl across
The toe of my high heel shoe
It sounded like somebody else, it was talkin'
Askin', "mama, what do I do?"
She said, "just be nice to the gentlemen, Fancy
They'll be nice to you"

She said, "here's your chance, Fancy, don't let me down
Here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down
Lord, forgive me for what I do
But if you want out, well, it's up to you
Now don't let me down now
Your mama's gonna move you uptown

Well, that was the last time I saw my ma
The night I left that rickety shack
The welfare people came and took the baby
Mama died and I ain't been back

But the wheels of fate had started to turn
And for me there was no way out
And it wasn't very long 'til I knew exactly
What my mama'd been talkin' about

I knew what I had to do and I made myself this solemn vow
That I's gonna be a lady someday
Though I don't know when or how
But I couldn't see spending the rest of my life
With my head hung down in shame
You know I might have been born just plain white trash
But Fancy was my name

She said, "Here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down
She said, "Here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down"

It wasn't long after a benevolent man
Took me in off the streets
And one week later, I was pourin' his tea
In a five room hotel suite

I charmed a king, a congressman
And an occasional aristocrat
And then I got me a Georgia mansion
And an elegant New York townhouse flat
And I ain't done bad (she ain't done bad)

Now in this world, there's a lot of self-righteous hypocrites
That'd call me bad
And criticize mama for turning me out
No matter how little we had

But though I ain't had to worry 'bout nothin'
For nigh on fifteen years
Well, I can still hear the desperation
In my poor mama's voice ringin' in my ears

"Here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down
Oh, here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down
Lord, forgive me for what I do
But if you want out, well, it's up to you
Now don't let me down
Your mama's gonna move you uptown

And I guess she did

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Bobbie Gentry

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Melissa DeRosa

Hey ya'll,

Bobbie Gentry in 1969 wrote and sung Fancy!!!! In 1992 Reba had permission, etc to sing Fancy...so glad !!! I'm a southerner by birth!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm a descendant of William Anderson Anse Devil Hatfield 👹yeah!!!! My birth daddy in 1967 when I was born nicknamed me Fancy Lord have mercy!!!!!!!++++

I'm a proud mama to 2 adorable spitfire 👱‍♂️s!!!!!!!!!
I'm trying to locate and reunite with my birth daddy!!!!! I want my birth daddy to say to me hey my Fancy, my 1st child, I'm proud of you, 😘 my grand babies you gave me, etc!!!!!!!
Know he'd kick ass when necessary, etc!!!!!

I'm in a complicated relationship with my 👱‍♂️s dad.
I can't and won't walk, as got my babies to keep, 😘, etc!!!!!!
I ain't gonna gamble and wind up ❤broken separated from my babies!!!!! Even with agencies that can help, my KIN will step up to the plate, etc I ain't gonna risk it!!!!+

Hence my daddy Ray, this is your 52 + @ half Melissa, your Fancy aching, longing to hug my daddy again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have you 👀 and fall in 😘 with your grand babies from me, you'd not met yet!!!!!!

I know God has a soulmate for me too on 🌎!!!!! He knows, has 👀n,👂, etc whatever has occurred yikes scares the 👹 out of me!!!!! God our Creator, God, 🌅 Father has a plan!!!!
Hope it gives me a stellar good surprise!!!!++ I'm hanging in there!!!!!!!

We'd lost a close deputy we knew, were friends. Our #1 ,he's a 😇 way too damn young in 🌅 due to the lethal, serious cornavirus!!!!!!!! He was a stellar Godly man, not a bad bone, always kind selfless acts to his family, his fiance, his friends and neighbors!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our 👱‍♂️a sure miss running ro him, being swooped up individual by him!!!! A good strong hug, a kiss on their cheek or top of their heads!
I'm 😭ing. I was hit the hardest of our family on his passing!!!!!
I will miss my hugs, a quick cheek kiss, his.😁,❤, a kindred souled man, my #1 hero!!!!!!!!
NOW IM 😭ING MORE ACHING, BROKEN ❤ED, R.I.P. OUR 😇, OUR BELOVED DEPUTY WHO PROTECTED OUR 👱‍♂️S, OUR 1 SON'S SCHOOL!!!!!++ WE WILL CARRY ON YOUR STELLAR LEGACY ALWAYS, YOU WON'T BE 4GOTTEN !!!!!!!!!!!! THE 👱‍♂️S SO MISS AND WILL ALWAYS 😘YOU, SPEAK OF YOU WITH SUCH ADMIRATION, 😘.AND RESPECT DAILY!!!! THEIR DAD CHANGED IN SOME WAYS DUE TO THE CHATS YOU 2 HAD, GOD, ETC!!!!! IT'S STILL ROUGH BETWEEN US ON+OFF.

PLEASE YA'LL CHERISH YOUR FAMILY, YOUR LIFE, YOUR BABIES, YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER, YOUR INNER CIRCLE WHO ARE TRUE FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!

KEEP YOUR SELF ON THE NARROW PATH NOT THE 🌎LY AND UNGODLY 1 TO 👹!!YA GO TO 🌅!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP YOUR HEALTH, LIGHT, 🌅, BE SAFE AND WELL!!!!!!!!!!


BEST WISHES, HUGS AND 😘:
Melissa



Alicia Hazlewood

I remember it all very well lookin' back
It was the summer I turned eighteen
We lived in a one room, rundown shack
On the outskirts of New Orleans
We didn't have money for food or rent
To say the least we were hard pressed
Then Mama spent every last penny we had
To buy me a dancin' dress

Mama washed and combed and curled my hair
And she painted my eyes and lips then I stepped into a satin
Dancin' dress that had a split on the side clean up to my hip
It was red velvet trim and it fit me good
Standin' back from the lookin' glass
There stood a woman where a half gown kid had stood

She said here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down
Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down

Mama dabbed a little bit of perfume on my neck
And she kissed my cheek
Then I saw the tears wellin' up in her troubled eyes
When she started to speak
She looked at a pitiful shack
And then she looked at me and took a ragged breath
She said your Pa's run off and I'm real sick
And the baby's gonna starve to death

She handed me a heart shaped locket that said
"To thine own self be true"
And I shivered as I watched a roach crawl across
The toe of my high heel shoe
It sounded like somebody else that was talkin'
Askin' Mama what do I do
She said just be nice to the gentlemen Fancy
And they'll be nice to you

She said here's your chance Fancy don't let me down
Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down
Lord forgive me for what I do, but if you want out
Well it's up to you
Now don't let me down you better start movin' uptown

Well, that was the last time I saw my Ma
The night I left that rickety shack
The welfare people came and took the baby
Mama died and I ain't been back

But the wheels of fate had started to turn
And for me there was no way out
And it wasn't very long 'til I knew exactly
What my Mama's been talkin' about

I knew what I had to do but I made myself this solemn vow
That I's gonna be a lady someday
Though I don't know when or how
I couldn't see spending the rest of my life
With my head hung down in shame you know
I might have been born just plain white trash
But Fancy was my name

Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down
Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down

It wasn't very long after a benevolent man
Took me off the street
And one week later I was pourin' his tea
In a five room hotel suite

I charmed a king, a congressman
And an occasional aristocrat
Then I got me a Georgia mansion
In an elegant New York townhouse flat
And I ain't done bad

Now in this world there's a lot of self-righteous hypocrite
That would call me bad
And criticize Mama for turning me out
No matter how little we had

But though I ain't had to worry 'bout nothin'
For nigh on fifteen years
I can still hear the desperation in my poor
Mama's voice ringin' in my ear

She said, here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down
Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down
Lord, forgive me for what I do
But if you want out well it's up to you
Now don't let me down
Your Mama's gonna help you uptown

I guess she did



Dinah Cardona

remember it all very well, lookin' back
It was the summer I turned eighteen
We lived in a one room, rundown shack
On the outskirts of New Orleans
We didn't have money for food or rent
To say the least, we were hard pressed
Then Mama spent every last penny we had
To buy me a dancin' dress
Mama washed and combed and curled my hair
And then she painted my eyes and lips, then I stepped into a satin
Dancin' dress that had a split on the side clean up to my hip
It was red velvet trim and it fit me good
Standin' back from the lookin' glass
There stood a woman where a half gown kid had stood
She said, "here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down
Here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down"
Mama dabbed a little bit of perfume on my neck
Then she kissed my cheek
And then I saw the tears wellin' up in her troubled eyes
As she started to speak
She looked at our pitiful shack
And then she looked at me and took a ragged breath
She said your pa's runned off and I'm real sick
And the baby's gonna starve to death
She handed me a heart shaped locket that said
"To thine own self be true"
And I shivered as I watched a roach crawl across
The toe of my high heel shoe
It sounded like somebody else, it was talkin'
Askin', "mama, what do I do?"
She said, "just be nice to the gentlemen, Fancy
They'll be nice to you"
She said, "here's your chance, Fancy, don't let me down
Here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down
Lord, forgive me for what I do
But if you want out, well, it's up to you
Now don't let me down now
Your mama's gonna move you uptown
Well, that was the last time I saw my ma
The night I left that rickety shack
The welfare people came and took the baby
Mama died and I ain't been back
But the wheels of fate had started to turn
And for me there was no way out
And it wasn't very long 'til I knew exactly
What my mama'd been talkin' about
I knew what I had to do and I made myself this solemn vow
That I's gonna be a lady someday
Though I don't know when or how
But I couldn't see spending the rest of my life
With my head hung down in shame
You know I might have been born just plain white trash
But Fancy was my name
She said, "Here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down
She said, "Here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down"
It wasn't long after a benevolent man
Took me in off the streets
And one week later, I was pourin' his tea
In a five room hotel suite
I charmed a king, a congressman
And an occasional aristocrat
And then I got me a Georgia mansion
And an elegant New York townhouse flat
And I ain't done bad (she ain't done bad)
Now in this world, there's a lot of self-righteous hypocrites
That'd call me bad
And criticize mama for turning me out
No matter how little we had
But though I ain't had to worry 'bout nothin'
For nigh on fifteen years
Well, I can still hear the desperation
In my poor mama's voice ringin' in my ears
"Here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down
Oh, here's your one chance, Fancy, don't let me down
Lord, forgive me for what I do
But if you want out, well, it's up to you
Now don't let me down
Your mama's gonna move you uptown
And I guess she did



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CDG

Shame you can't even search "Fancy" and find this song without adding Reba.

Hockey Is life

@Tara Watson Yay I guess you’re right. I didn’t think of it like that

Tabitha Miller

Hope floa9

Tara Watson

@Hockey Is life the results are based off your prior search history. Different ppl with diff search history will yield diff results in a diff rank and order.

Hockey Is life

I just did and it was the first suggestion

The famous Waluigi profile pic

I came here from twice’s fancy 😝

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Sara Scott

It's 2020. We NEED a fancy movie. This cannot be said enough.

Amber Thomas

@Loretta Adams be o oô o

Jerry Rolon

Oh fo sho...

Andrew Brown

THAT would be fkng EPIC!!!! But who would play Fancy? Not sure Reba would fit the role at her age.

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