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  1. Mancil Travis

From the album Paradise Right Here

Lyrics

Mancil Travis
(Grayson Capps | Grey Sun Songs | BMI

White carnations was her favorite flowers they didn’t come from around here
They came from some far off land where the rivers run clean and clear

White carnations was her favorite flowers they came from across the sea
Every time you see a white carnation please remember me

I don’t know much about the man I remember seeing him in town
He ate up scraps weren’t fit for a dog and his skin was nasty brown

I heard he was selling flowers he stole from a fresh dug grave
If it wasn’t that then it was white carnations that the florist was throwing away

I’d often see him at the ABC sitting outside the door
Anytime anybody walk by he’d holler change for the poor
Folks say he showed up in town on a truck full of collard greens
Right in front of the Robbins and McGowans and his seersucker suit was stained he hollers

Mancil Travis
Mancil Travis
is my name

He got enough money to buy him a pint and he head down to Burnt Corn Bridge
That’s where he’d spend his days and nights for weeks and months on end

I remember when the Nazarenes bought him him a single wide
He’d sit on the steps and smoke and drink and wave when they rode by
Nobody knows where he lived before maybe Elba or Laverne
Says he was a man with a broken heart and his speech was tassel turned he hollers

Mancil Travis
Mancil Travis
is my name

oh yeah
where’d you come from boy

White carnations was her favorite flowers they didn’t come from around here
They came from some far off land where the rivers run clean and clear

White carnations was her favorite flowers where they came from across the sea
every time you see a white carnation please remember me

Some say he killed his wife
some say she drowned
some say it was suicide
some say she just left town
some say it was another man
some say she was just a girl
but nobody knows what really was to happen to shatter Mancil’s world
Mancil’s world

oh yeah

Instrumental

The high school girls would ride by his house and they’d yell and they’d shout and say
Hey Mancil, show us what you got
and he’d let his ole pecker hang out
They’d laugh and joke about the way he looked like a man from a fresh dug grave
But in his lapel he wore a white carnation and he wore one every day

In his lapel he wore a white carnation and he wore one every day

In his lapel he wore a white carnation and he wore one every day

in his lapel he wore a white carnation and he wore one every day

in his lapel he wore a white carnation and he wore one every day

in his lapel he wore a white carnation and he wore one every day

I remember seeing signs on 31 saying Jesus was coming soon
I watched those signs rot into the ground it don’t look like he ever came back for Mancil, or me, or you

Where’d you come from boy?
Where’d you come from boy?