You Came a Long Way from St. Louis – Song and Lyrics by Abbey Lincoln


Discover the poetic beauty in ‘You Came a Long Way from St. Louis’ by Abbey Lincoln. This lyric breakdown takes you on a journey through the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and the story they aim to tell. From clever metaphors to evocative imagery, we delve into the nuances that make this song a lyrical masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of Abbey Lincoln or a lover of well-crafted words, our detailed analysis will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this song.

You came a long way from St. Louis, you climbed the ladder of success,
I’ve seen the town and country cars that were parked out in front of your fancy address.
You came a long way from St. Louis, you broke a lotta hearts between,
I’ve seen a gang of gloomy gals who were doing alright till you came on the scene.
You came here from the middle west, and certainly impressed the population hereabouts.
Well, baby, I got news for you, I’m from Missouri too.
So natcherly I got my doubts, you got `em dropping by the wayside,
A feeling I ain’t gonna know.
You came a long way from St. Louis, but baby, you still got a long way to go