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Available on the album Blue Moves
Music:Elton John
Lyrics:Bernie Taupin
Piano and vocals:Elton John
Bass:Kenny Passarelli
Drums:Roger Pope
Electric guitars:Davey Johnstone, Caleb Quaye
Clarinet:James Newton-Howard
Congas and tambourine:Ray Cooper
Backing vocals:Toni Tenille, Jon Joyce, Cindy Bullens, Ron Hicklin, Gene Morford, Bruce Johnston
Now it was just like Frankie and Johnny
And it was just like Stagger Lee
Dolly Summers was a simple girl
From a mid-west family
With a stucco home and her own Mustang
And a charge account at Sears
She had everything that a girl could want
To live happy for the rest of her years
But the thing that she wanted most of all
Was the thing that she had lost
To the arms of a downtown black jack hustler
By the name of Candyfloss
They'd skipped town on a late night train
Heading for the West
Dolly slipped behind the wheel of her Mustang
With a piece between her breast
She put a pistol in her shoulder holster
She took her car up from Santa Fe
Yesterday morning she was washing dishes
Now she's hunting down a runaway
Don't judge a man by a misdemeanor
You may be sorry when his light goes out
Don't put that pistol in your shoulder holster
You can never, never tell if the Law's about
If it seemed just like a movie
Or a night of bad TV
They should have had a picture of Dolly's face
As she drove across country
With daggers drawn for her fallen man
And venom in her heart
It was nearly dawn when she caught them up
Making out in a picnic park
But the thing that shook her rigid
As she fumbled for her gun
Was the state of the man that she'd married once
And thought of as the only one
And as she looked back on the chances
That she'd passed up at home
Well she quietly dumped her pistol in a ditch
And she headed home alone
© 1976 Big Pig Music Limited
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