One Good Woman Cherie Call
One Good Woman
[A]Mary Chilton never [D]knew
[Bm]What the salty [E]winds would do,
[A]When she stepped aboard
[D]And sailed away,
[Bm]On that 1620 [E]Autumn day.
[D]At Plymouth [Bm]Rock
She was the [A]first to touch [E]dry ground.
But [D]she became an [Bm]orphan when,
[A]The winter came and the [E]tears fell down,
[A]But she grew, and [D]married a good [E]man.
And they [A]had elev[E]en child[D]ren,
Who could [Bm]never understa[E]nd what sh[A]e'd been thr[D]ough.
But they k[A]new, that a [D]girl of just [Bm]thirteen,
Crossed [A]one [E]big [D]ocean,
And that [Bm]she grew up to [E]be,
[A]One [E]good [D]woman.
[A]Polly Angel didn't [D]know
What the [Bm]hands of time would [E]show
[A]When she dressed in white
[D]And said "I do"
In the [Bm]fall of 183[E]2.
[D]Her life would [Bm]change that very
[D]When they heard the [Bm]message of two
[A]Strangers at their [E]door
They headed [A]West
An [D]Polly had six chi[E]ldren
But [Bm]only two surv[E]ived
And they could [Bm]never underst[E]and
What s[A]he'd been thr[D]ough
But they [A]knew, that a w[D]oman of great [Bm]faith,
Crossed [A]one b[E]ig cou[D]ntry.
And that [Bm]they were being r[E]aised,
By [A]One [E]Good W[D]oman.
[D]There they are,
[A]Written in the spaces of a [D]family tree,
[E]Til it all comes [Bm]down to [A]me.
I know that I can never say,
That I'm the only one who's prayed
For pain to end or love to last
Or for time to not go by so fast.
But it will fly and in
A hundred years from now,
Will there ever be someone,
Who reads my name and wonders
If I laughed, or if I believed in Jesus,
Or if my heart was broken.
They may never understand what I go through,
But I will live, the best that I know how
For one big lifetime
It's not too much to ask
Of one good woman.
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