1.  She came out West to join her childhood sweetheart,

With her finest dress and a heart full of dreams.

But he wasn’t there to meet her at the station

When the train pulled in from Abilene.


2.  The sheriff took her arm, ‘told her the story,

How her man had crossed a gambler and paid the price.

But he’d take her to a house where she could find herself right at home

With fine ladies that men always treated nice.


Chorus:  She became a dance hall queen.

The prettiest thing they’d ever seen.

And no matter how times got rough she never forgot her first love,

But the prairie rose had become a soiled dove.

But the prairie rose had become a soiled dove.



3.  Threads of scarlet and gold seem to tie her down,

If only she could break free and make a new start.

She writes a letter home every Sunday;

If they knew the truth it would break their hearts.


4.  “When the winter snows have melted on the open range,

I’ll try to come home and see you all next year.

I enclose a few dollars and lots of kisses.”

She hopes they don’t see her letter was sealed with tears.


Chorus:  She became a dance hall queen.

The prettiest thing they’d ever seen.

And no matter how times got rough she never forgot her first love,

But the prairie rose had become a soiled dove.

But the prairie rose had become a soiled dove.

But the prairie rose had become a soiled dove.


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