Lake Marie
John Prine
We were standing
Standing by peaceful waters
Standing by peaceful waters
Whoa wah oh wha oh
Many years ago along the Illinois
Wisconsin border
There was this Indian tribe
They found two babies in the woods
White babies
One of them was named Elizabeth
She was the fairer of the two
While the smaller and more fragile one was
Named Marie
Having never seen white girls before
And living on the two lakes known as
The Twin Lakes
They named the larger and more
Beautiful lake Lake Elizabeth
And thus the smaller lake that was hidden
From the Highway
Became known forever as Lake Marie

We were standing
Standing by peaceful waters
Standing by peaceful waters
Whoa wah oh wha oh

Many years later I found myself talking
To this girl
Who was standing there with her back
Turned to Lake Marie
The wind was blowing especially through
Her hair
There was four Italian sausages cooking
On the outdoor grill
And they were sizzlin'
Many years later we found ourselves in Canada
Trying to save our marriage
And perhaps catch a few fish
Whatever came first
That night she fell asleep in my arms
Humming the tune to "Louie Louie"
Aah baby, we gotta go now

We were standing
Standing by peaceful waters
Standing by peaceful waters
Whoa wah oh wha oh

The dogs were barking as the cars were
Parking
The loan sharks were sharking
The narcs were narcing
Practically everyone was there
In the parking lot by the forest preserve
The police had found two bodies
Nay, naked bodies
Their faces had been horribly disfigured
By some sharp object
Saw it on the news
The TV news
In a black and white video
Do you know what blood looks like
In a black and white video?
Shadows, shadows
That's what it looks like
All the love we shared between her
And me was slammed
Slammed up against the banks of old Lake Marie
Marie

We were standing
Standing by peaceful waters
Standing by peaceful waters
Whoa wah oh wha oh
Whoa wah oh wha oh
Whoa wah oh wha oh
Peaceful waters
Standing by peaceful waters
Aah baby, we gotta go now

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