Song Name: The Red Ribbon

Songwriter: Bret Stewart

Copyright: 2011

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Lyrics:

The Red Ribbon


The guns of autumn could not wait in 1917
On the porch one evening I was sitting with my Jean
The draftman walked to the house; up the stairs he came
The draftman walked up to the house and asked me my name

The prettiest girl in Texas, I'd have to leave her there
The prettiest girl in Texas, standing on the stairs
wearing a red ribbon in her hair
wearing a red ribbon in her hair

"Young man you best now go along and gather up your kit
the train it leaves tomorrow, and you better be on it
Bound for old El Paso, there you'll march and drill
And then it's off to Europe, to fight with Kaiser Bill"

The prettiest girl in Texas, standing on the stairs
The prettiest girl in Texas, when I left her there
gave me the red ribbon from her hair
gave me the red ribbon from her hair

Now I'm in a foxhole and I hold that ribbon tight
Think of her and wonder if I'll see another night
the music in my soul had died were it not for this
the music in my soul is the memory of our kiss

The prettiest girl in Texas, thinking of here there
The prettiest girl in Texas, standing on the stairs
wearing a red ribbon in her hair
wearing a red ribbon in her hair

They shipped us back from Europe and they said we won the day
Our consciences were counted not too high a price to pay
As we neared the platform I closed my eyes; I prayed
Would she even know me, I was so afraid

The prettiest girl in Texas, at her I did stare
The prettiest girl in Texas, waiting for me there
wearing a red ribbon in her hair
wearing a red ribbon in her hair