Allman Brothers Band, The - Melissa Lyrics




Crossroads, seem to come and go, yeah.
The gypsy flies from coast to coast

Knowing many, loving none,
Bearing sorrow havin' fun,
But back home he'll always run
To sweet Melissa... mmm...

Freight train, each car looks the same, all the same.
And no one knows the Gypsy's name

No one hears his lonely sighs,
There are no blankets where he lies.
In all his deepest dreams the Gypsy flies
with sweet Melissa... mmm...

Again the morning's come,
Again he's on the run,
Sunbeams shining through his hair,
Appearing not to have a care.
Well, pick up your gear and Gypsy roll on, roll on.

Crossroads, will you ever let him go? (Lord, Lord)
Will you hide the dead man's ghost,
Or will he lie, beneath the clay,
or will his spirit float away?

But I know that he won't stay without Melissa.

Yes I know that he won't stay without Melissa.





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  1. K Marks

    Man this song makes me want to climb a higher mountain. Do something I haven't done. Love someone I haven't loved.
    The best to you out there and your families...

  2. Alif Yanda

    ‪Listening to this makes me feel like I’m in middle of 70s scenic drive somewhere around the US. God.. how i wish i was lived in the 70s.‬

    Joe Reyes

    I was a teenager in the 70s. It was magical.

    Alif Yanda

    Joe Reyes you really got me envy you know..

  3. MrDjh66

    Still listening

  4. Klaus Wiemer

    Im listening Lisa!! what a great tune!

  5. Tony Tripodo

    Can't find better guitar work in perfect harmony with the vocals

  6. Charles Bernheart

    Melissa was originally recoreded by the Allman Joys how lame but Duane and Greg wrote it .. I magine the music from the 70s to now that this band could have made penomenal !!!

  7. Norma McP

    Exquisite guitar. Lyrics that bring me to tears every time. How many more powerful songs were ever written in rock? Sweet.

  8. David Kramer

    Crossroads, seem to come and go, yeah
    The gypsy flies from coast to coast
    Knowing many, loving none
    Bearing sorrow, having fun
    But, back home he'll always run
    To sweet Melissa
    Mmm, hmm
    Freight train, each car looks the same, all the same
    And no one knows the gypsy's name
    And no one hears his lonely sighs
    There are no blankets where he lies
    Lord, in his deepest dreams the gypsy flies
    With sweet Melissa
    Mm, hmm
    Again, the mornin's come
    Again, he's on the run
    A sunbeam's shinin' through his hair
    Fear not to have a care
    Well, pick up your gear and gypsy roll on
    Roll on
    Crossroads, will you ever let him go?
    Lord, Lord
    Or will you hide the dead man's ghost?
    Or will he lie, beneath the clay?
    Or will his spirit float away?
    But, I know that he won't stay
    Without Melissa
    Yes, I know that he won't stay, yeah
    Without Melissa
    Lord, Lord, it's all the same

  9. Burt Taylolr

    for someone long ago and far away Sweet Melissa

  10. Beverly Davis

    Melissa Lupo
    💞 A/F

  11. Proplex Osha

    One of the most soulful songs ever!!! Florida boys!!!

  12. Robert Bonneau

    Write a song about Duane Allman, call it "Melissa."
    C O N F U S E E V E R Y O N E

    Pablo Pistacio

    This song was written by Greg Allman years before Duane's
    death . It was recorded by their then band Hourglass . Its on
    Youtube . Checkout Hourglass .

  13. Miss Young

    I so love this song.

  14. Anita Mousseau

    I heard it I'm 2017

  15. Rougerioef

    Music has brought my mother and I even closer, especially the Allman Brothers.

  16. John Short

    sweet it is

  17. Melissa Molina

    crossroads will you ever let him go..No!💔

  18. Larry Sims

    Seen them n concert Amazing great times

  19. Ezequiel Ramirez

    Well at least now I know what I’m naming my daughter 👆🏽

  20. Evelyn Stohler

    too short

  21. Akbar Mateen

    My favorite song 2 🚬 weed 2 and pretend 2 drive down the 🛣 and 🚬 weed and having a blast 😊 420 🇺🇸

  22. Otto Adalwulf Fischer

    I am only 54 but I love this song and group. I had the album

  23. Robin Bare

    One of my favorites ever!!!

  24. Melissa Navarrete

    Sweet song

  25. stefanie gutierrez

    I miss my sister

  26. Lisa Spann

    Who is listening too this beautiful song in 2019?

    John Collins

    @Lisa Spann I'll be 52 in January and this is the first Allman Brothers song I ever heard. My late grandma turned me on to it in 1974, when I was 6 years old. I thank her for that to this day.

    msred boot

    me!!! dedicated to my daughter Sweet Melissa

    Tina Bartlett

    Tina Bartlett from Georgia

    Llib Reztip

    How about 2020!!

    Lefty K

    Fuck Off SHEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Willie German

    I named my youngest girl loved this song when it came out

  28. Henry Clarke

    BBest of Ray Charles

  29. melissa Graf

    My Name is melissa

  30. Linda Redlick

    Great song!

  31. Melissa Ruth

    Well now. I'm Melissa and someone just told me about this song - I'm 51 years old and it makes me wonder how the heck I hadn't heard this until tonight!

    Currently Dark Link

    You look really good for 51, you look like you're in your 30s. Cool to see people still commenting on this song, I just discovered it today while riding in the car with my dad, just cruisin' around listening to Allman Brothers.

  32. Resting Bitch Face

    My dad named me after this song, too 😊

    Edward Reebenaker

    Father had beautiful taste music and your face is beautiful as I sure I'm sure you are too

  33. Dimas Vicente

    Belchior

    Poeta eterno
    Belchior
    Sua música
    Encantou!
    Belchior
    Sua voz
    Emocionou!
    Belchior
    Nosso cantor!
    No céu
    Com Deus
    Se encontrou!
    Belchior
    Em paz
    Descansou!
    Viva o compositor!

  34. Melissa Rivera

    Such a sweet song for me 🥺

  35. Meshale Myers

    Makes me miss Buzzy🙃

  36. Doug Reed

    Gregg has such an awesome soulful drawl on his voice for the this pace of music or rolls with the wind in this aong

  37. Bake Ganja

    my sister mel named after this tune..... what a joy you must have brang to his eyes love you both.... patrick micheal murphy we love you

  38. MyBabyReads

    Crossroads, seem to come and go, yeah
    The gypsy flies from coast to coast
    Knowing many, loving none
    Bearing sorrow, having fun
    But, back home he'll always run
    To sweet Melissa
    Mmm, hmm
    Freight train, each car looks the same, all the same
    And no one knows the gypsy's name
    And no one hears his lonely sighs
    There are no blankets where he lies
    Lord, in his deepest dreams the gypsy flies
    With sweet Melissa
    Mm, hmm
    Again, the mornin's come
    Again, he's on the run
    A sunbeam's shinin' through his hair
    Fear not to have a care
    Well, pick up your gear and gypsy roll on
    Roll on
    Crossroads, will you ever let him go?
    Lord, Lord
    Or will you hide the dead man's ghost?
    Or will he lie, beneath the clay?
    Or will his spirit float away?
    But, I know that he won't stay
    Without Melissa
    Yes, I know that he won't stay, yeah
    Without Melissa
    Lord, Lord, it's all the same

  39. Richard Fortin

    One of the best songs of all time.

  40. jeff8001

    Love the art work, Jude. A well done video.

  41. Neil Fallon

    Mom and dad danced to this at there wedding my mommas names melissa

  42. cbmbdb

    This song invokes something in me emotionally that i cant explain. Greg this world is a little more dim without you.

  43. dingleydb

    i am still shaking from the spirituality ...2 months later

  44. dingleydb

    just left macon, greg's crypt is inscribed with......, again the morning's, come again he's on the run.sunbeams shinin' thru his hair appearing not to have a care, well pick up your gear and gypsy roll on, roll on.....very spiritual... freight trains each car looks the same, there all the same is a rail line running along side the rose hill cemetery

    dingleydb

    you are a douchebag ray

  45. dingleydb

    s&w you idiot

  46. dingleydb

    b&s runs through the rose hill cemetery

  47. dingleydb

    freight trains each one looks the same

  48. Kevin McCabe

    I loved them all,they are gone now but will never be forgotten............

  49. dingleydb

    i will pay your air fare

  50. dingleydb

    if you can go to the big house .....go

  51. Tony King

    68 Mustang, beautiful Angie Mae, bottle of Jim Beam...
    Times to remember for a old man.....

  52. dingleydb

    who plays the acoustic on this song?

  53. dingleydb

    needs more video of georgia

  54. dingleydb

    just got home from macon and the big house, some of these lyrics [chorus] are inscripted on gregg's grave

  55. Truth

    Rahsaan from the Howard Stern Wrap Up Show brought me here.

  56. Jeanie Mattone

    ✨💐💜💐✨

  57. Dale Deimel

    My Dad named me after a street in Anaheim.

  58. Anomaly Filmworks

    The lyrics: "Crossroads, will you ever let him go" is perhaps a reference to Robert Johnson, blues guitarist, who went to a crossroad and solded his soul to the devil.

    sold*

  59. Charles Parker

    Crossroads, seem to come and go, yeah
    The gypsy flies from coast to coast
    Knowing many, loving none
    Bearing sorrow, having fun
    But, back home he'll always run
    To sweet Melissa
    Mmm, hmm
    Freight train, each car looks the same, all the same
    And no one knows the gypsy's name
    And no one hears his lonely sighs
    There are no blankets where he lies
    Lord, in his deepest dreams the gypsy flies
    With sweet Melissa
    Mm, hmm
    Again, the mornin's come
    Again, he's on the run
    A sunbeam's shinin' through his hair
    Fear not to have a care
    Well, pick up your gear and gypsy roll on
    Roll on
    Crossroads, will you ever let him go?
    Lord, Lord
    Or will you hide the dead man's ghost?
    Or will he lie, beneath the clay?
    Or will his spirit float away?
    But, I know that he won't stay
    Without Melissa
    Yes, I know that he won't stay, yeah
    Without Melissa
    Lord, Lord, it's all the same

  60. Charles Parker

    to sweet Melissa

  61. Faded Memories

    My sister named her daughter after this song after it kept playing on the radio each night

  62. Jenny Gilbert

    This song always comes to mind when I meet a 'Melissa'. Love, love it.
    Eat a peace is iconic. Love it.

  63. Lauren Anon

    I've been listening to the Allman bros. for 48 years now.

  64. Will White

    Just hearing this song in 2019 and it's tooo dope!!

  65. Ice Berg

    Talk about timelessness! My vagabond of a heart is such a sucker for this masterpiece..

  66. Srikanth Sundararajan

    This is a phenomenal song!

  67. M Kty

    Makes me think of my dad's good friend who passed a few months back. They both were huge AB fans and this is one of my faves. Fortunately still have my dad.

  68. Tim Oksman

    The chord changes in this song are brilliant, subtle, and totally without precedent. The only chord changes I've ever encountered that are comparable are in "Georgia" - - so we're talking about Greg Allman being in the same league as Hoagy Carmichael. What a genius he was!

  69. Ronald Pena

    I must have played this song on my guitar a thousand times over the years.

  70. Constance Malik

    Our sweet pearl.

  71. Ben Joplin

    i loved a sweet Melissa. coolest gf i ever had. dating her was worth the broken heart.

  72. Scott Herrmann

    The guitar never sounded better! Dickie, Duane and Gregg you are all legends of your craft. Sweet Melissa...

  73. Mary Vasquez

    the one and Allmans brothers band I love this song been listing to it for over 45 yrs God Bless Greg Allman!

  74. Jeff Jones

    Everyone has a story about where a certain song takes them to a certain place... I would love to hear them all... PEACE

  75. Daniel Tyler

    Will he lie beneath the clay. Will his spirit fall away. But I know he won't stay without Melissa.

  76. Nowhere Man

    What's with the Sarah Mclachlan pics at the end?

  77. Ken Carpita

    My baby girl will be born in November , I am naming Her after this beautiful song !

  78. Kyler Rogers

    Brokeback Mountain brought me here.

  79. Clifton Snider

    Bad ass!! That's all there is to say!!

  80. Daniel Burns

    this song only went to #86 on the pop charts in 1972!!!

  81. Scott Moore

    I agree there will never be a another band like the Allman Brothers!!!!

  82. Robert McAlister

    Hey cousin, good selection! Bob McAlister

  83. Putaspellonyou

    It's pretty clear the lyric implies crossroads in a relationship; a point where someone must make a choice between breaking it off or carrying on. Every mention of a "crossroads" in American music is not about Robert Johnson.

  84. Cheryl Bazemore

    There's good music, but you've gotta find it or be open to it. But I love the Allman Brothers since the 70s. I'm of Color and grew up on rock and alternative rock music.

  85. Cheryl Bazemore

    One of my favorite songs ❤ Universal music

  86. Tracy Porter

    I always heard this song was about a dog. What do you guys think?

    Ken Perk

    Maybe you're thinking about Shannon, by Henry Gross.

  87. Diana Peterson

    Too many Melissa's in Crescent City Ca.

  88. Trev Mac

    my sister was going to name her daughter Calissa but i played this song for her and it was no contest after that -- Proud to have Melissa as my niece

  89. Bobby Kincannon

    Heard plenty about the crossroads Robert J. but never with Allman Bros. reference.

  90. Scott Gray

    This song has a great story. Look it up at Songfacts.com I believe it is. There is a little girl out there that is not getting royalties. He tossed it and Duane took it out of the garbage. Written I believe at 17 in high school (check that part). He could never get a name to fit. It was his turn to go get the beer and chips. A little girl came in with a mother or grandmother and she was running around and she said "Sweet Melissa" Song was finished. Eat a Peach was a great album. I wish Duane could of seen how far they went

  91. Bobby Twig

    I think some people are so sad and stupid they vote songs like this down. For goodness sake.

    Trev Mac

    in your honor 👍👍👍👍👍

  92. Michael Belmonte

    Gin n tonic, and this song. Yeah

  93. Bob Risse

    This song makes me feel peaceful. Unfortunately, I am aghast that people don;t know Melissa was a black woman.

  94. Rodney Duffer

    2:09
    Beautiful and heartbreaking

  95. Elizabeth c

    So sweet love Melissa forever wish I could bring her back

  96. Teresa Thiele

    One of the world's greatest love songs. I could listen to it 10 times a day and never get tired of it. I absolutely love it! <3

    Shane Robinson

    Teresa Thiele I did today lol

    Shane Robinson

    This and GFR Closer To Home

    Teresa Thiele

    Awesome! :D

    Teresa Thiele

    @Shane Robinson I'm listening to "Closer to my Home" now, sure does bring me back in time, sigh... :)

  97. David Dawson

    They are all missed, but I am thankful that Derek Trucks is carrying the torch

  98. molly Molly S.

    Just sitting here reading all the "replies" Music makes us feel.

  99. Theodore Kampouris

    Another gem!