Song : “When Maggie Motts Married Vernon Raney”

Maggie Motts lived across the river from Vicksburg and often looked out her bedroom window and dreamed of a better life. She ends up marrying into a wealthy family, albeit money made from illegal activities. But Maggie fit right in.

When Maggie Motts Married Vernon Raney

From her bedroom in Delta, Louisiana
Maggie Motts could see the Vicksburg lights
She thought they looked like stars in the River
A just out of reach paradise

About two hundred people lived in Delta
Vicksburg had a hundred times more than that
Maggie would close her eyes and dream her future
Leaving Delta and never lookin’ back

Home is a place that’s supposed to be safe
And not what you have to run from
But when home is the place that you must escape
Then it’s just where you come from

When Maggie Motts married Vernon Raney
Vern was nearly fifty years old
He was Lonsom Raney‘s great-great-grandson
The first to age the Raney clear to gold

Mags was two months along with little Lonnie
Vern was glad to finally be a dad at last
Maggie sure won’t miss that Delta bedroom
Or her step-dad and what her momma never asked

Home is a place that’s supposed to be safe …

© 2017 Frank David Leone, Jr./Highway 80 Music (ASCAP)

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