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Chord Req: Devilish Mary (Hughie Jones's version)


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GUEST,Dave 18 Jan 09 - 06:58 PM
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Subject: Chord Req: Devilish Mary (Hughie Jones's version)
From: GUEST,Dave
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 06:58 PM

I've been looking for the tune and chords for 'Devilish Mary' having heard Hughie Jones's excellent version on his 'Luv Stuff' CD. Unfortunately all the versions I find have a very different tune indeed and I wondered if anyone knows the way that Hughie plays it. I've not seen him play it live so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Subject: Chord Req: Devilish Mary
From: GUEST,Jan
Date: 18 Mar 09 - 06:59 PM

If the person who requested Hughie Jones Chords for his version of this song would like to contact me I have them - hot from Hughies pen!


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Devilish Mary (Hughie Jones's version)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Mar 09 - 08:30 PM

Hi, Jan- If you post the chords here in the thread, that would be nice. There are links to the lyrics up top, and then everything will be all together. In the meantime, here's what the Traditional Ballad Index has to say about the song:

Devilish Mary [Laws Q4]

DESCRIPTION: The singer meets a "pretty little girl" named Mary; they get married within days. She then starts taking over his life, wearing his pants, and abuses and torments him. At last he leaves. He vows to court only tall/short girls who can't wear his breeches
AUTHOR: unknown
KEYWORDS: courting marriage cross-dressing abuse shrewishness
REFERENCES (12 citations):
Laws Q4, "Devilish Mary"
Randolph 437, "Devilish Mary" (4 texts, 3 tunes)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 331-333, "Devilish Mary" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 331)
Lomax-FSNA 93, "Devilish Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
JHCoxIIA, #13A-C, pp. 57-60, "The Wife Wrapped in Wether's Skin," "Dandoo" (3 texts, 1 tune, but the "B" text omits the beating typical of Child #277 and has the husband run away; it appears to have mixed with this song or something like it)
SharpAp 149, "Devilish Mary" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Chase, pp. 154-155, "Devilish Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
Botkin-SoFolklr, p. 721, "Devilish Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
PSeeger-AFB, p. 70, "Devilish Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, pp. 145-149, "Devilish Mary" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 191, "Devilish Mary" (1 text)

Roud #1017
Bob Atcher, "Devilish Mary" (Columbia 20483, 1948)
Horton Barker, "Devilish Mary" (on Barker01)
Bill Boyd & his Cowboy Ramblers, "Devilish Mary" (Bluebird B-7299, 1937; Montgomery Ward M-8417, 1940)
Glenn Neaves & band, "Devilish Mary" (on GraysonCarroll1)
Lee O'Daniel Hillbilly Boys, "Devlish Mary" (Vocalion 04102, 1938; rec. 1937)
Paul Rogers, "Devilish Mary" (AFS; on LC14)
Pete Seeger, "Devilish Mary" (on PeteSeeger02, PeteSeegerCD01)
Roba Stanley, "Develish Mary" (OKeh 40213, 1924)
Arthur Tanner, "Devlish Mary" (Silvertone 3514, 1926)
Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers, "Develish Mary" (Columbia 15589-D [as "Devlish Mary"], 1930; Columbia 15709-D, c. 1932; rec. 1928; on CrowTold02, GTanner01)

cf. "Yankee Doodle" (tune)
cf. "The Wearing of the Britches" (subject, lyrics)
cf. "Old Carathee" (theme)
cf. "There's Bound to be a Row" (theme)
cf. "I'll Rise When the Rooster Crows" (floating lyrics)
Notes: Cohen notes that "Laws... lists this as a ballad, but just as often it is performed as a fiddle or banjo tune with occasional lyrics." Cohen also notes that Laws's claim of a British Isles origin is unsubstantiated. The collection data confirm this, and the style is, in my opinion, very un-British. - RBW
File: LQ04

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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Devilish Mary (Hughie Jones's version)
From: GUEST,Jan
Date: 19 Mar 09 - 06:28 PM

I cannot post them as they are in a jpeg file - but if you want a copy email me


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Devilish Mary (Hughie Jones's version)
From: GUEST,Jan
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 06:34 PM


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