The Red Dress

(1995)

"The Red Dress" is a song by Ricky Ian Gordon setting a text by Dorothy Parker. The song is part of Ricky Ian Gordon's songbook A Horse With Wings.

The Red Dress
by Dorothy Parker


I always saw, I always said
If I were grown and free,
I’d have a gown of reddest red
As fine as you could see,


To wear out walking, sleek and slow,
Upon a Summer day,
And there’d be one to see me so
And flip the world away.


And he would be a gallant one,
With stars behind his eyes,
And hair like metal in the sun,
And lips too warm for lies.


I always saw us, gay and good,
High honored in the town.
Now I am grown to womanhood….
I have the silly gown.


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