The Stone Coyotes

Sally in the Doorway

04:21
The Stone Coyotes
2017
Written by B. Keith, Mohawk Trail Music, ASCAP

Lyrics

Who’s that singing? I want to know

Sounding like a thousand years ago

Sally in her hand-me-down clothes

Deep brown eyes with a faraway look

Just like something from a picture book

There’s Sally in the doorway

Singing about a “red, red rose”*

 

She sang so sweet - She sang so wild

Like a woman gone mad - Like an innocent child

Sally in her hand-me-down clothes

I said, “Are you an apparition or flesh and bone?”

She said, “I’m no one at all and I’m all alone”

There’s Sally in the doorway

Singing about a red, red rose

 

Singing in the back yard, singing in the hall

Singing in the lane by the old stone wall

Sally in her hand-me-down clothes

She said, “In the Highlands before I was born

They sang about the flower, sang about the thorn”

There’s Sally in the doorway

Singing about a red, red rose

 

She stopped and I heaved a sigh

 “I fear this world’s gonna blow sky high”

Sally said, “Nobody knows”

I said, “Sally, can you help me? Nothing makes sense”

She said, “That’s of no consequence”

There’s Sally in the doorway 

Singing about a red, red rose

 

Sally, why do you sing Fare thee well?

She said, “I know but I can’t tell”

Sally in her hand-me-down clothes

Of all my days I’ll remember one

“Till all.. the rocks melt with the sun”*

Sally in the doorway

Singing about a red, red rose

 

* from poem by Robert Burns, “ A Red, Red Rose”