Whatever Happened To Your Long Black Hair Victoria

Listen – Here Today version
Listen – Clearly version

Copyright 2009 by Jerry Woods – originally written in 1993

Whatever happened to your long black hair, Victoria?
Whatever happened to that smile that seemed to chase the tears away?

You had so much to live for – and what have you found?
That the barbed wire fence pulling at your feet would swiftly pull you to the ground

Whatever happened to your dark brown eyes, Victoria?
Whatever happened to the innocence we knew so many years ago?

So much to give – don’t you remember?
Whatever happened to your long black hair, Victoria?

And it occurs to me suddenly sometimes the dearest things in life
Are either right before our eyes
Or they’ve long since passed away

Whatever happened to the plans you made, Victoria?
You were gonna take a one way train and start all over again

So much you were dreaming of – don’t you recall?
I remember you wanted to be the center of it all

I remember the day I heard the news, Victoria
You decided to finally disappear – really wipe the slate clean

Did you ever find peace of mind – happily ever after?
Whatever happened to your long black hair, Victoria?

And it occurs to me suddenly sometimes the dearest things in life
Are either right before our eyes
Or they’ve long since passed away

And you appear to me suddenly in the middle of the night
And you’re right before my eyes
Yet you’ve long since passed away

Back story

Two childhood friends drift apart as they enter adulthood. The person left wondering “Whatever happened to…Victoria” doesn’t meet up with her again until he is an old man – just in time to attend her funeral. The entire duration of the song is really the narrator’s own thoughts as he looks down at Victoria in the casket wondering where all of the time went. I wrote this in the early 1990’s at the age of twenty-two.

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