Black Ribbons Lyrics - Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters Blackbirds cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2015-2-10
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk/Country
length: 4:56

[Verse 1]
I built this house with my bare hands
On the shores of Louisian
Took my sweet cher Jolie-Ann
For my own – my very own
Now every man has got his pride
I tried to shelter and provide
But I can’t stop this poison tide
Rollin’ in – rollin’ in

Now I’ve nothing left to give her
No answer to her prayers
Black ribbons on the water
Black ribbons for her hair

[Verse 2]
Came the wind, came the rain
We defied that hurricane
And we built this house again
Stone by stone – stone by stone
But in the Gulf of Mexico
5000 feet below
Oh the devil’s blood it flows
On and on – on and on


Oh how her eyes they used to shine
Fairest in Evangeline
Now they stare so cold and blind
Through my soul – oh Lord my soul

She was tangled in the saltgrass
Not a bullet left to spare
Black ribbons on the water
Black ribbons for her hair

Lyrics licensed by
  • 1 Blackbirds
  • 2 Pretty Things
  • 3 When All You Got Is A Hammer
  • 4 Everything Falls Away
  • 5 The House On Auburn Street
  • 6 When you Comin’ Home
  • 7 Jubilee
  • 8 Black Ribbons
  • 9 Nashville
  • 10 The Cure For The Pain
  • 11 Blackbirds (Reprise)