Genevieve (song)

Genevieve leaned out the window
She called out to her son
Where ya’ been boy, have you been havin’ fun?
Genevieve smiled brightly
She walked ever so lightly
From the forrest by the river
To the concrete land of never

refrain:
Genevieve, Genevieve
Please don’t ever leave
Genevieve, Genevieve
I will always love you

(melody changes):
She was born near Nancy in the 20s
Lived in Paris as a little girl in the 30s
Came to America as a beautiful young woman in ‘47
Gave birth to me in ‘51

Time passes like a hurricane in Kansas
Leaving shattered dreams and
Visions of tomorrow
Memories of mother when she was young

All the days of my life were in the future
I would cherish these yesterdays
She’d come home from the bakery
With a warm smile and cold hands
And place them upon my face

I could cry and be sad forever
That all of life and innocence are fleeting
But I shall pass through here with courage
And thank this woman I was born
(softly whisper): Genevieve

(return to original melody):
Genevieve leaned out the window
She called out to her son
Where ya’ been boy, have you been havin’ fun?
Genevieve smiled brightly
She walked ever so lightly
From the forrest by the river
To the concrete land of never


Genevieve & daughter
City of Nancy (Lorraine),
France, 1947

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