Coat of Many Colors live on KRFC

from Rocky Mountain High: Live on KRFC by Amy Annelle

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written by Dolly Parton
performed by Amy Annelle live on KRFC radio

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back through the years
I go wandering once again
back to the seasons of my youth
and I recall a box of rags
that someone gave us
and how my mama
put those rags to use

there were rags of many colors
and every piece was small
and I didn't have a coat
and it was way down in the fall
mama sewed the rags together
sewing every piece with love
she made a coat of many colors
i was so proud of

and while she sewed
she told a story
from the bible she had read
about a coat of many colors
Joseph wore and then she said
"I hope this coat will bring you
good luck and happiness"
and I just couldn't wait to wear it
mama blessed it with a kiss

my coat of many colors
that my mama made for me
made only from rags
but I wore it so proudly
oh it's true we had no money
but I was rich as I could be
in my coat of many colors
mama made for me

so with patches on my britches
and holes in both my shoes
in my coat of many colors
I hurried off to school
just to find the others laughing
and making fun of me
in my coat of many colors
mama made for me

and I just couldn't understand that
cause I thought I was rich
and I told them of the love
my mama sewed in every stitch
then I told them all the stories
mama told me as she sewed
and why my coat of many colors
was worth more than all their fancy clothes

but they didn't understand it
though I tried to make the see
one only is poor
only if you choose to be

oh it's true we had no money
but I was rich as I could be
in my coat of many colors
mama made for me
just for me

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from Rocky Mountain High: Live on KRFC, released July 12, 2010

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Amy Annelle Austin, Texas

A prolific writer and interpreter of songs, Amy Annelle maps out the farther reaches of American music, while conjuring visions of our restless musical past. Over the course of ten albums & thousands of miles logged on the road, Annelle has cultivated a rarified voice and repertoire that "blooms with open-hearted, lustful vulnerability and a harrowing naturalistic solitude”(Crawdaddy). ... more

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