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"Melissa" is a song by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band, released in August 1972 as the second single from the group's third studio album, Eat a Peach. The song was written by vocalist Gregg Allman long before the founding of the group. It was first written in 1967, and two demo versions from those years exist, including a version cut by the 31st of February, a band that featured Butch Trucks, the Allman Brothers' later drummer. Allman sold the publishing rights later that year, but they were reacquired by manager Phil Walden in 1972. The song's title is frequently referred to incorrectly as "Sweet Melissa" due to the lyric being sung at the end of each of the first two choruses. The version on Eat a Peach was recorded in tribute to Duane Allman, who considered the song among his brother's best and a personal favorite. He died in a motorcycle accident six weeks before its most famous rendition was recorded. 


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Crossroads, seem to come and go, yeah. 
The gypsy flies from coast to coast 

Knowing many, loving none, 
Bearing sorrow, having fun, 
But back home he'll always run 
To sweet Melissa 

Freight train, each car looks the same, 
All the same. 
And no one knows the Gypsy's name 

No one hears his lonely sigh, 
There are no blankets where he lies. 
In all his deepest dreams the Gypsy flies 
With sweet Melissa 

Again the morning's come, 
Again he's on the run, 
Sunbeams shining through his hair, 
Appearing not to have a care. 
Well, pick up your gear 
And Gypsy roll on, roll on. 

Crossroads, will you ever let him go? 
(Lord, Lord) 
Will you hide the dead man's ghost, 
Or will he lie, beneath the clay, 
Or will his spirit roll away? 

But I know that he won't stay 
Without Melissa. 
Yes I know that he won't stay 
Without Melissa.

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The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band is an American rock/blues band once based in Macon, Georgia. The band was formed in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, organ, songwriting), plus Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums). While the band has been called the principal architects of Southern rock, they also incorporate elements of blues, jazz, and country music, and their live shows have jam band-style improvisation and instrumental songs. more »

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