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Thread #7873   Message #1961733
Posted By: Azizi
08-Feb-07 - 06:35 PM
Thread Name: Mary don't you weep--meaning
Subject: RE: Mary don't you weep--meaning
The Virgin contraband?

Oh, you mean the Virgin Mary.

Okay. Righto.

Maybe the person singing is talking to a woman named Mary, and relating all the ways that those who were oppressed received help from God...Pharoah's army got drown-ded, and there is a promised land that Moses saw when he stood on that rock...So that person tells the woman Mary to hold on, have faith that a better day is coming.

Somehow I always thought of the singer as a "he". When I think about it, that's rather sexist of me...that a man must be the one to comforts a woman.

Anyway, that's the way I always thought about it. That is, when I didn't think that the Mary mentioned in the song was the sister of Martha and Lazarus.