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Subject: Driving Mary Home
From: lloyd61
Date: 16 Oct 99 - 12:31 PM

Can anyone help me out with this song?

lloyd61


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Oct 99 - 12:43 PM

Hi, Lloyd - Click here and see if it's the one you're looking for. Let us know.
It's always best, though, if you tell us what you know about the song - where you heard it, the general story told by the song, phrases you remember.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: Stoney
Date: 16 Oct 99 - 12:51 PM

Written by John Duffey et al 1974 Apparently based on an old Irish legend. Someone sent the story to Duffy (of the Country Gentlemen and later the Seldom Scene) and he crafted it into the Bluegrass classic.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: bob schwarer
Date: 16 Oct 99 - 01:08 PM

He also wrote a sequel to it several years later.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: kendall
Date: 16 Oct 99 - 05:38 PM

anyone know the sequel?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: bob schwarer
Date: 16 Oct 99 - 06:45 PM

Yes, but I need to dig it out. If no one comes up with it I'll start hunting in the AM. In short the guy who took Mary home was on his death bed & Mary came to help him on his way.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: Stewie
Date: 16 Oct 99 - 10:23 PM

There was another thread on this recently and I gave details of where Duffey's sequel can be found.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: lloyd61
Date: 16 Oct 99 - 10:39 PM

Thanks to everyone?

lloyd61


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: bob schwarer
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 09:34 AM

The sequel, written 30+ years after the original is titled "I've Come to Take You Home".
I remember the old thread, but couldn't dig it up.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: bob schwarer
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 12:13 PM

BTW, I have the original as "Bringing Mary Home".

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: Stewie
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 06:44 PM

If you can't find the other thread, the sequel, 'I've come to take you home', is on Seldom Scene 'Like We Used to Be' Sugar Hill SH CD 3822.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: Sourdough
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 11:33 PM

The story is a part of a set of what we now call urban legends. The story was around as a folk tale for years. I've always thought that Phantom 409 grew out of it. To my mind, it's the same sort of story.

SD


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Subject: ADD: I've Come to Take You Home^^
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 12:00 AM

I'VE COME TO TAKE YOU HOME
(John Duffey & T. Michael Coleman)
(Paul Craft Music, BMI)
Recorded by Seldom Scene

As I sat there by the bedside of a friend who's passing on,
He recalled the memories of his life, and the years that have gone.
I listened to each story; there was one I didn't know,
An incident that happened some forty years ago.
As he sat there in the evening, he remembered long ago,
A little girl he saw one night, standing by the road.
He stopped his car to offer help; she seemed to be alone.
She got into the car and asked if he would take her home.

Though his life is swiftly fading, the memory remains
Of that chilly, ghostly evening, while driving in the rain.
It seems to bring him comfort as he's drawing near the end.
A look of peace comes over him, as if he sees a friend.
As the shadows fall across his face; there's a vision that he sees
Of a little girl all dressed in white, who spoke so quietly:
"You gave me comfort years ago, when I was so alone."
She said, "My name is Mary, I've come to take you home."

JRO^^


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Subject: Lyr Add: BRINGING MARY HOME (John Duffey)^^
From: Midchuck
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 08:22 PM

If this is it, here it is (from that Japanese bluegrass lyrics page):

BRINGING MARY HOME
( John Duffey, Chaw Mank, Joe Kingston)

I was driving down a lonely road, on a dark and stormy night
A little girl by the roadside showed up in my head lights
I stopped and she got inside and in a shaky tone
She said my name is Mary, please won't you take me home

She must have been so frightened, all alone there in the night
There was something about her, her face was deathly white
She set so pale and white in the back seat all alone
I never will forget the night, I took Mary home

I pulled into the driveway, where she told me to go
Got out to help her from the car, opened up the door
I just could not believe my eyes, the back seat was bare
I looked all around the car, but Mary wasn't there

A light shone from the porch, someone opened up the door
I asked about the little girl was looking for
Then the lady gently smiled, brushed the tears away
She said it sure was nice of you to go out of your way

But thirteen years ago today, in a wreck just down the road
Our darling Mary lost her life, how we miss her so
Thank you for your trouble and the kindness you have shown
You're the 13th one that's been here bringing Mary home^^


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Subject: ADD: Hauling Harry Home
From: kendall
Date: 29 May 00 - 10:10 AM

HAULING HARRY HOME

I was driving down a lonely road on a dark and stormy night.
A drunken fool by the roadside showed up in my headlights.
I stopped and he got inside, and in a shakey tone,
He said: "My name is Harry; please won't you take me home?"

His breath smelled just like alcohol; his face was turning red.
His eyes were blurred and bloodshot from the liquor that he'd had.
He curled up on the back seat; he held his head and moaned.
. I never will forget the night I hauled Harry home.

I pulled into the driveway where I hoped that he would leave,
Got out to help him from the car before he had to heave.
I just could not believe my eyes looking in my door.
This drunken bozo Harry was passed out on the floor.

A light shne from the porch; the door was cracked ajar.
I asked about this smelly fool now laying in my car.
Then the lady gently smiled and put her gun away.
She said: "It sure was nice of you to go out of your way.

"But thirteen times this evening, he headed down the street
To that rowdy barroom where all his buddies meet.
Thank you for your trouble and the patience you have shown.
You're the 13th one this evening that hauled old Harry home."


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Subject: RE: Lyric:Driving Mary Home
From: GUEST,Fortunato with tinsel on his head
Date: 01 Dec 01 - 06:32 PM

The song is listed with the Harry Fox Agency as:

"Bringing Mary Home". It is credited to John Duffey, Chaw Mank, Joe Kingston. There is only one listing. That means that John's estate and the other two, if living, still hold copyrights. Any thing else you read is inaccurate. The above is how it is licensed, you can call it what you want on your album if you pay the fees. Regards, Fortunato


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Subject: Ghost Stories Website
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Dec 01 - 06:33 PM

Linda Linn's Kentucky Home and Ghost Stories Stories from Kentucky and Tennessee has the lyrics, and attributes them to John Duffey, Chaw Mank, and Joe Kingston. I don't know how accurate that is, but the website is a filled with ghost stories from Kentucky and Tennessee!


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Subject: RE: Lyric:Driving Mary Home
From: masato sakurai
Date: 01 Dec 01 - 07:09 PM

The story is based on a version of the vanishing hitchhiker legend (see Jan Harold Brunvand, The Vanishing Hitchhiker, Norton, though the song is not mentioned). On the making of the song, this is written in notes (by Gary B. Reid) to Country Gentlemen: The Early Rebel Recordings 1962-1971 (Rebel REB-4002):

The song Bringing Mary Home has an interesting history. In 1963, Bill Clifton was recording material for release on Starday. In gathering material for the album, Starday sent a copy of the lyrics of Bringing Mary Home to Bill. Eddie Adcock compared the obtaining of the song to ads which have appeared in music magazines, "Send me your songs and poems and we'll put 'em to music." John Duffey was helping Bill to record the session and said that Bill "got one of the things that had been sent to him by Starday Records president Don Pierce and Bill says 'John, see if you can put a tune to this, the words are kind of neat.' So I went off and stood in the closet and came up with a relatively simple tune and we did it. So Bill recorded it and I said, 'Okay Bill, the song's half mine now,' and he said, 'Oh, you're right, it is,' and I said, 'So I'm gonna give you a year and then after that, I'm gonna record it,' and he says, 'Well, that's fair.' The only thing I did to it...the song seemed extremely long so I condensed two of the verses together without losing track of the story. Bill's version actually has another verse in it."

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: GUEST,Bubba
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 02:21 PM

The sequel is titled: "I've Come to Take You Home"
Seldom Scene album-"Like We Used to Be" (1994)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: kendall
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 05:36 PM

The sequel I mean involves a drunk called Hauling Harry Home. it's a riot.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 02:52 PM

The sad thing is that these days he'd probably be too scared to risk giving a lift to a strange little girl.


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: BRINGING MARY HOME
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 03:24 PM

BRINGING MARY HOME

Intro: C A D G

I was [D]driving down a lonely road on a [C]dark and stormy [G]night,
When a [D]little girl by the roadside showed [G]up in my head[D]lights,
I [G]stopped and she got in the back and in a shaky [D]tone,
She [C]said, "My name is [A]Mary please [D]won't you take me [G]home."

She [D]must have been so frightened all [C]alone there in the [G]night,
There was [D]someting strange about her, 'cause her [C]face was deathly [D]white,
She [G]sat so pale and quiet in the back seat all [D]alone,
I [C]never will [A]forget the night [D]I took Mary [G]home.

Intro chords: C A D G

I (D)pulled into the driveway where (C)she told me to(G) go,
Got (D)out to help her from the car and (G)opened up the (D)door,
But I(G) just could not believe my eyes, the back seat was(D) bare,
I (C)looked all (A)around the car, but (D)Mary wasn't (G)there.

A (D)light shone from the porch, a lady(C) opened up the (G)door,
I (D)asked about the little girl that (C)I was looking (D)for,
The(G) lady gently smiled and brushed a tear (D)away,
She(C) said, "It (A)sure was nice of you, to(D) go out of your (G)way."

"But (D)thirteen years ago tonight in a(C> wreck just down the (G)road,
Our (D)darling Mary lost her life (G)and we miss her (D)so,
Oh (G)thank you for your trouble and the kindness you have (D)shown
You're the (C)thirteenth stranger (A)that's been here, (D)bringing Mary(G) home."

Intro chords: C A D G


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: Amos
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 03:45 PM

I think Kendall should learn this song...



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Subject: Lyr Add: LAURIE (STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN)
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 04:44 PM

Dickie Lee's version of the "vanishing hitch-hiker" urban legend made it to #14 on the U.S. pop charts in the 1965.

Laurie (Strange Things Happen)

Last night at the dance I met Laurie,
So lovely and warm, an angel of a girl.
Last night I fell in love with Laurie.
Strange things happen in this world.

As I walked her home, she said it was her birthday.
I pulled her close and said, "Will I see you anymore?"
And suddenly she asked for my sweater,
And said that she was very very cold.

I kissed her goodnight at her door and started home,
Then thought about my sweater and went right back instead.
I knocked at her door and a man appeared.
I told him why I'd come and he said:

"You're wrong, son; you weren't with my daughter.
How can you be so cruel to come to me this way?
My Laurie left this world on her birthday.
She died a year ago today."

A strange force drew me to the graveyard.
I stood in the dark; I saw the shadows wave,
And then I looked and I saw my sweater
Lying there upon her grave.
Strange things happen in this world.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 04:49 PM

The Holland Hankerchief story, basically. Been around a long time...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Driving Mary Home
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 07:52 PM

Pooched-up the third verse in my lyrics with chords. Not sure what the correct line is there.


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Subject: RE: ADD: Driving Mary Home? / Bringing Mary Home
From: GUEST,Sturgeon36
Date: 27 May 13 - 01:29 PM

Most of the present information I have read places the original writing and performing of the original song around the early sixties. However, I was born in 1936 and remember quite vividly hearing the song on the radio by a blue grass band around 1942. The radio program was from the "Grand Ole Opry ".   I still have the song in my head and would like to find the earliest recording from that time.


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Subject: RE: ADD: Driving Mary Home? / Bringing Mary Home
From: Ron Davies
Date: 07 Jun 13 - 11:04 PM

Kendall's "Harry" version is perfect.

"Bringing Mary Home" was considered done to death (no pun intended) in bluegrass circles a few years ago (OK, maybe it was 10 years ago).   Don't know if it's still thought a cliche--but I bet "Harry" would be a hit in quite a few bluegrass gatherings.


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Subject: RE: ADD: Driving Mary Home? / Bringing Mary Home
From: pdq
Date: 01 Dec 14 - 06:58 PM

BRINGING MARY HOME

(Capo on Second Fret)

D                                     C                G
I was driving down a lonely road on a dark and stormy night,
       D                                  C          D
When a little girl by the road side showed up in my headlights,
      G                                           D
I stopped and she got in the back and in a shaky tone,
    C                A               D                  G
She said, "My name is Mary and please won't you take me home".

    D                                 C                  G
She must have been so frightened all alone there in the night.,
            D                                     C                D
There was something strange about her 'cause her face was deathly white,
    G                                           D
She sat so pale and quiet in the back seat all alone,
   C          A                   D            G
I never will forget the night that I took Mary home.

   D                               C             G
I pulled into the drive way where she told me to go,
    D                                 C            D
Got out to help her from the car and opened up the door,
       G                                                 D
But I just could not believe my eyes, the back seat was bare,
   C          A                D            G
I looked all around the car but Mary wasn't there.

   D                            C                  G
A light shone from the porch, a lady opened up the door,
    D                              C             D
I asked about the little girl that I was looking for,
    G                                           D
The lady gently smiled at me and brushed a tear away,
    C                  A             D               G
She said, "It sure was nice of you to go out of your way".

         D                              C                  G
"But thirteen years ago tonight in a wreck just down the road,
       D                      C               D            
Our darling Mary lost her life and we miss her so,
    G                                                    D
Oh thank you for your trouble and the kindness you have shown
             C                   A            D          G
You're the thirteenth one that's been here, Bringing Mary Home".


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