Dickey Lee performs "Patches"

Dickey Lee  sings  Patches on Hee Haw Show in 1979.

This song is by Dickey Lee and appears on the album The Tale Of Patches (1962).

Royden Dickey Lipscom(born September 21, 1936), known professionally as Dickey Lee (sometimes misspelled Dickie Lee or Dicky Lee), is an American pop/country singer and songwriter, best known for the 1960s teenage tragedy songs "Patches" and "Laurie (Strange Things Happen).

Dickey Lee Patches Lyrics

Down by the river that flows by the coal yards.

Stands wooden houses with shutters torn down

There lives a girl everybody calls Patches

Patches my darling of Old Shanty town


We plan 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 dosn't know that I can't come to see her

Patches must think that I love her no more


I hear a neighbor tellin' my father

He said a girl name of Patches was found

Floating face down in that dirty old river

That flows by the coal yards in Old Shanty Town


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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