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Thread #67186   Message #1121455
Posted By: delphinium
22-Feb-04 - 08:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mary Ann, She's after Me
Subject: Lyr Add: MARY ANNE (F W Leigh/G Bastow)
I also took the lyrics from the Muckram Wakes Warbles, Jangles and Reeds LP (1980, Highway Records) and I was going to post them but Compton got in first. I think I have a few corrections to some of the lines above, so I will post my transcription as well, along with notes from the Muckram Wakes album cover:

MARY ANNE (Leigh/ Bastow)

Learned by us from George Fradley of S.W. Derbyshire. Written by Fred W. Leigh and sung on the Music Halls by George Bastow, a combination better known for The Galloping Major.

Well I never thought much about females
Till a couple of months ago
When I thought I saw one of them noticing me
My mother told me so
That damsel's name is Mary Anne
And she looked at me one day
I told mother and mother told me
In a motherly kind of way, that …

Mary Anne she's after me
Full of love she seems to be
My mother says it is plain to see
That she wants me for her young man
Father says if that be true
John my lad be thankful do
That there's one bigger fool in the world than you
And that's Mary Anne.

Well I often sees her looking at me
And I don't know what to do
And I can't help looking at her looking at me
My mother told me so
Last Sunday morning coming from church
She says I'll walk your way
Well we both kept walking I never says nowt
I'd a narrow escape that day, 'cause …

Well there's many a jolly old chap like me
As might be pleased to know
What dangerous animals some girls is
My mother told me so
We roams around like innocent lambs
And we does no harm I'm sure
Then along comes sommat in frocks and in curls
And there's never no peace no more, 'cause …