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    "Vance" Lyrics

    Roger Miller

    He was born one mornin'
    It was cold and it was snowin'
    And from the start he never had a chance
    And though the doctors said he couldn't live
    His mama had some faith to give
    And they brought him to her and his mama named him Vance

    He was sick a long time then
    I used to sit by him
    I'd rub his head and he would squeeze my hand
    But he never cried, he'd grit his teeth and smile at me
    'Cause he couldn't speak

    And that's when I began to respect the little man
    And I think Vance was three right about then

    He started school and one day
    He came home and at the doorway I could tell
    The little man didn't want to come inside
    He had met a girl but her boyfriend Smitty
    Had caught him walkin' home with her
    And nearly killed Vance
    But then Vance never cried
    And the only thing that Smitty hurt was pride

    And he said

    "Papa do you become a man when you're twenty-one?"
    And I said "Age doesn't make a man a man, my son"

    He looked at me so puzzled with eyes so young and kind

    'n' I think Vance was seven about that time

    I guess they say that first love is the very best
    At least it was with Vance
    'Cause he'd scratched "Becky" on his desk
    But Becky went with Smitty and Vance was very small
    And he used to dream what it'd be like to be tall
    And then a few years later Vance came in one day
    And told me and his mama that he had to go away
    To be fitted for a uniform
    And though his mama shed a tear
    He kissed her and said he'd see us in two years
    And he looked at me and said "Papa, I'm gonna be a man"

    Well, two years to the day
    Vance came walkin' in the driveway and
    I didn't recognize him from his size till he got near
    He came in and he hugged his mama

    And said "Hey, Papa, little man,
    want to go with me somewhere 'n' grab a beer?"
    So we're sittin' at this table when
    This fella at the bar started buggin' Vance
    Callin' him "Soldier"
    But Vance kept his cool
    And he said "Papa, that guy is Smitty and he's to be pitied now
    'Cause that's the same guy that used to bully me in school."

    Then Smitty said the wrong thing
    When he brought up Becky's name 'n'
    Vance finally stood and said "Boy, what did you say?"
    And it did my heart so much good when Vance hit ole Smitty
    And it took two of Smitty's friends to carry him away

    Well, Vance left the very next mornin' 'n'
    It was cold and it was snowin'
    And from the first, life hadn't been much fun
    But he had finally made a stand 'n'
    He'd become a self-made man and
    Incidentally, he had just turned twenty-one
    This song was submitted on February 27th, 2014 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group.
    Written by Robert L. Russell.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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