Tanya Tucker “Delta Dawn” Video & Lyrics

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Country artist Tanya Tucker's "Delta Dawn" was her breakout single in the early 1970's. Enjoy footage of a vintage live performance and the complete lyrics here.

Country music starlet Tanya Tucker was newly signed to the Epic Records label in 1972 when she recorded “Delta Dawn”.

Originally written by songwriter Alex Harvey and rockabilly singer Larry Collins, the song draws from the traditional Scottish song “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond.” Before Tanya’s recording, Bette Milder sang “Delta Dawn” on The Tonight Show. Nashville producer Billy Sherill heard Milder’s performance, and wanted her to sign with Epic to record the song. But, Milder was already signed to Atlantic, so the song went to Tucker.

“Delta Dawn” tells of a 41-year-old Southern Belle who has since faded from beauty. She lives in Brownsville, Tenn. and regularly “walks down town with a suitcase in her hand / looking for a mysterious dark haired man”.

Watch Tanya Tucker perform the hit live below!

“Delta Dawn” Lyrics

Delta Dawn what’s that flower you have on?
Could it be a faded rose from days gone by?
And did I hear you say he was ameetin’ you here today
To take you to his mansion in the sky
She’s forty one and her daddy still calls her baby
All the folks around Brownsville say she’s crazy
‘Cause she walks downtown with a suitcase in her hand
Lookin’ for a mysterious dark-haired man
In her younger days they called her Delta Dawn
Prettiest woman you ever laid eyes on
Then a man of low degree stood by her side
And promised her he’d take her for his bride
Delta Dawn what’s that flower you have on?
Could it be a faded rose from days gone by?
And did I hear you say he was ameetin’ you here today
To take you to his mansion in the sky

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