The Way of Men
©Linda Allen 1982

It's a hard one, friends
The hearts of women so hard to mend

He beat me bad the day we wed
Just thought the beer went to his head
He cried and loved me so gently then
My mama told me it's the way of men

But then my baby inside me lay
And he got mad at me one day
He swung his fist, the sheets turned red
And later that night she was born dead


It isn't love that keeps me here
Somehow he'd find me anywhere
He swore he'd kill me if I go away
May the devil in hell take him today

If I had wings like a turtle dove
I'd fly away from the one I loved
I'd fly so high, I'd fly so free
That the way of men could not touch me