The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #7873   Message #47728
Posted By: BSeed
02-Dec-98 - 11:34 PM
Thread Name: Mary don't you weep--meaning
Subject: RE: Mary don't you weep--meaning
I don't know that Mary has to be Virgin Mary--thers have borne the name. The speaker in the song may be telling a slave named Mary that, like Pharaoh's army, her oppressors will be overcome. The parallel references are many: the spiritual "Go Down Moses" and Harriet Tubman's appelation as "the Moses of her people" being among them. --seed