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Down by the river that flows by the coal yards stand wooden houses with shutters torn down. There lives a girl everybody calls Patches. Patches my darling of old Shantytown.

We planned to marry when June brought the summer I couldn’t wait to make Patches my bride now I don’t 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 would 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 can’t 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 coal yards in old Shantytown.

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 coming to you.

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    UnregisteredNov 15, 2013 at 2:55 am
    Such a sad song, I remember it so well from junior high dances in the 60's. It was one of the "slow" dances that was always played. It was then, we I only beginning to get interesed in the opposite sex, that my very wise and loving grandmother told me to always, ALWAYS remember that no person, or love lost, is worth taking own your life. Your broken heart WILL mend and new love WILL be found. Suicide is the ultimate selfish act, and is devastasting to those left in its wake. How could anyone do that to the people they say they love.
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    wendymFeb 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm
    A tragic tale of racism, or at least elitism, whth the end result being suicide when the star-crossed lovers cannot wed.

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