Women From Both Sides of the Mason Dixon Line

November 3, 2013

Both sides now!

Word on the street is that this song is a study on women….and metaphorically has something to do with a famous biblical mother…which could be why its so hard for me to understand. But, as an old friend from Texas used to say to me – it is goodness.
I like these women – they got minds and they use them! (N.M. will be in town Tuesday night with those other chicks from Dixie.)

Here they are together at the Austin Music Hall for Tsunami Relief – Austin, Texas Patty Griffin and Natalie Maines – Mary Jan 9, 2005

Mary
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, everytime 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 are singin’ his praises in a blaze of glory
Mary stays behind and starts cleaning up the place

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
Mary, Mary, Mary

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