Fargo, Donna - Manhattan, Kansas Lyrics




Manhattan, Kansas ain't no place to have a baby
When you got no man to give it his last name
And my folks back in Manhattan didn't want me or my bundle
So I took my child and caught an evening train

And I found a job in Denver washing dishes in a diner
At least it buys the baby milk to drink
He once told me I was pretty but the only ring he got me
Is the ring of grease that runs around the sink

Yes, I lay beside him gentle
'Cause he told me that he loved me
And he made me dance before the music played

But at least I didn't beg him
I'd rather wash my dishes
'Cause it makes me feel as if my hands are clean

Sometimes I stand here thinkin'
About a man back home in Kansas
And how the folks just turned away ashamed

Now I stare down through the soapsuds
And reach down and pull the drain plug
And watch it as Manhattan floats away

Yes, I lay beside him gentle
'Cause he told me that he loved me
And he made me dance before the music played

But at least I didn't beg him
I'd rather wash my dishes
'Cause it makes me feel as if my hands are clean

Yes, it makes me feel as if my hands are clean





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  1. JazzKeyboardist1

    66502 rules, nice slideshow of harry's at the wareham

  2. ExarKenneth71

    What album is this song on I looked on Amazon but it's not even listed. 

  3. psytranscience

    The character of this story wouldn't have had any problems had she lived in Junction City, Kansas, which is a short distance from Manhattan.

  4. Laurie Blocker

    I still have this on vinyl and 8 track - I love the album and Donna Fargo is still one of my favorites

  5. jerseytomato100

    @lauramegg-it may be liberal now, but until the mid 70s, having a baby out of wedlock was a shameful thing.

  6. wackypack09

    Wow there is a song about Manhattan Kansas. I live about 30 miles away from there, and it's really no place to write a song about. Next they'll write a song about Topeka, oh wait...

  7. jerseytomato100

    My Mom had the original Happiest Girl In The Whole USA 8-track and I knew (and still know) all the songs by heart. I wish I could find that album, but I think its out of print. It had this song, 'Johnny B Goode' 'Funny Face''How Close You Came (To Being Gone) 'Society's Got Us' 'It Wouldve Been Just Perfect' 'Daddy Dumplin' and others on it.

  8. eydie sanders

    this song was written by the great wayne carson.

  9. gamediva2112

    Do you LIVE here???

  10. gamediva2112

    LOL Manhattan Kansas is one of the most educated, liberal and accepting towns (except for maybe Lawrence...hehehe) in the state, maybe the midwest. She should have name that song Provo, Utah!

  11. benoitbabe

    Thanks,Dave this one of my fav. Donna Fargo songs.