‘Mary’ by Patty Griffin (inspired by Mary O’Connor)

‘Mary’ a song off of Griffin’s 1998 “Flaming Red” album is lyrically splendid…and as Natalie Maines slides her ample voice in next to Patty’s lead, can a song get any better on a rainy night.

Mary (lyrics)

Ohh Mary you’re covered in roses, you’re covered in ashes
You’re covered in rain
You’re covered in babies, you’re covered in slashes
You’re covered in wilderness, you’re covered in stains
You cast aside the sheet, you cast aside the shroud
Of another man, who served the world proud
You greet another son, you lose another one
On some sunny day and always stay, Mary

Jesus says Mother I couldn’t stay another day longer
Flys right by me and leaves a kiss upon her face
While the angels are singin’ his praises in a blaze of glory
Mary stays behind and starts cleaning up the place

Mary she moves behind me
She leaves her fingerprints everywhere
Everytime the snow drifts, every way the sand shifts
Even when the night lifts, she’s always there

Jesus said Mother I couldn’t stay another day longer
Flys right by me and leaves a kiss upon her face
While the angels were singin’ his praises in a blaze of glory
Mary stayed behind and starts cleaning up the place

Ohh Mary you’re covered in roses, you’re covered in ruin
you’re covered in secrets
Your’e covered in treetops, you’re covered in birds
who can sing a million songs without any words
You cast aside the sheets, you cast aside the shroud
of another man, who served the world proud
You greet another son, you lose another one
on some sunny day and always stay
always you stay
always you stay
Mary, Mary,

Mary

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