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I lost my head down in West Virginia
to the blackest eyes and the softest lips that a body knows
it wasn't love that was stirring in her
it wasn't love that would lay her low

I lost my head on a Virgin Island
she buried her in a dark graveyard
where a thousand men and a dozen women
lay down their lives
left behind their hearts

Nina's flown away
I knew she'd never stay
she was a wild seventeen
I told her take my heart with you
and take my lover too
I know I'd do the same if it were me

I lost my head on the seas of China
she flew away like a little bird
that the trade winds blow
her beauty shines but that cannot save her
from a sword that struck my heart many years ago
that the trade winds blow

Nina's flown away
I knew she'd never stay
she was a wild seventeen
I told her take my heart with you
and take my lover too
I know I'd do the same if it were me

Nina's flown away
I knew she'd never stay
she was a wild seventeen
I told her take my heart with you
and take my lover too
I know I'd do the same if it were me

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from Silk Purse (from a sows ear), released June 1, 1993

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