Song Lyric Sunday 21 June • Mary Don’t you Weep

Song Lyric Sunday 21 June • Mary Don’t you Weep. This week, Jim Adam’s prompt is Mary, Marie or Maria.

Not being his greatest fan, I just love Bruce Springsteen’s albums Born to Run and The Seeger Sessions Band Tour. Here’s his version of the old slave song Mary Don’t You Weep.

Here are the lyrics:

Well if I could I surely would
Stand on the rock where Moses stood
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep
Well Mary wore 3 links of chain
On every link was Jesus' name
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
Well one of theses nights bout 12 o'clock
This old world is gonna rock
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
Well Moses stood on the Red Sea shore
And smote' the water with a two by four
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
Well old Mr. Satan he got mad
Missed that soul that he thought he had
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep
Brothers and sisters don't you cry
They'll be good times by and by
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep
God gave Noah the rainbow sign
Said, "No more water but fire next time"
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't

And here’s a blurb about its origin…

This is what Wikipedia has to say about this song:

“Mary Don’t You Weep”
Song by Fisk Jubilee Singers
Released1915
GenreChristian music

Mary Don’t You Weep” (alternately titled “O Mary Don’t You Weep“, “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep, Don’t You Mourn“, or variations thereof) is a Spiritual that originates from before the American Civil War[1] – thus it is what scholars call a “slave song,” “a label that describes their origins among the enslaved,” and it contains “coded messages of hope and resistance.”[2] It is one of the most important of Negro spirituals.[1]

The song tells the Biblical story of Mary of Bethany and her distraught pleas to Jesus to raise her brother Lazarus from the dead.[1] Other narratives relate to The Exodus and the Passage of the Red Sea, with the chorus proclaiming Pharaoh’s army got drown-ded!, and to God’s rainbow covenant to Noah after the Great Flood.[1] With liberation thus one of its themes, the song again becomes popular during the Civil Rights Movement.[1] Additionally, a song that explicitly chronicles the victories of the Civil Rights Movement, “If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus”, written by Charles Neblett of The Freedom Singers, was sung to this tune and became one of the most well-known songs of that movement.[3]

In 2015 The Swan Silvertones‘s version of the song was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry for the song’s “cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy”.[4]

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