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Lyr Req: Mary of the South Seas

Callie 17 Nov 99 - 03:06 AM
Callie 20 Aug 00 - 01:50 AM
Brendy 20 Aug 00 - 02:03 AM
Callie 20 Aug 00 - 09:32 AM
Jim Dixon 09 Jan 12 - 12:17 AM
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Subject: Mary of the South Seas
From: Callie
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 03:06 AM

Any cats out there know the original words and origin of the song "Mary of the South Seas"? I've got a modern-ish version on cd but I think there's more to it. Have never seen the lyrics of the song nor heard it anywhere else. Cheers Callie


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Subject: Mary of the South Seas
From: Callie
Date: 20 Aug 00 - 01:50 AM

I have a cd called "Common Ground" - a mixture of trad and new Irish songs performed by irish singers in Ireland or around the world. One of the songs is called "Mary of the South Seas" performed by the Finn Brothers. It's attributed to "trad" but it does sound as though the words have been changed (two big hints: the couplets don't rhyme, and as far as I can tell "trad" songs are usually pretty regular in that regard AND it mentions a phone call).

Does anyone know anything about the song - where it came from, etc?

The song starts:

She boarded the boat a long time ago It opened her up to the world But time goes so slowly you won't see it pass A phone call from Dublin, I'm with you at last.

I'd be happy for any comments!

many thanks

Callie


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Subject: RE: Mary of the South Seas
From: Brendy
Date: 20 Aug 00 - 02:03 AM

This might answer your question, Callie:
Tim and Neil Finn

B.


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Subject: RE: Mary of the South Seas
From: Callie
Date: 20 Aug 00 - 09:32 AM

Thanks Brendy - that sure solves THAT little mystery! On my CD, the song is attributed to "trad" but I guess that must have been an error!


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARY OF THE SOUTH SEAS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Jan 12 - 12:17 AM

MARY OF THE SOUTH SEAS
As sung by Anam Keltoi on "Alma Celta" (2011)

She boarded the boat a long time ago.
It opened her up to the world.
But time goes so slowly you won't see it pass.
A phone call from Dublin: I'm with you at last.

And I swear that I've always worked hard to be good,
Just like I promised you once;
And if I could spare you, you know that I would.
Strange things can happen in this heat.

Mary of the South Seas,
Mary of the South,
Mary of the South Seas,
I feel your presence; do you remember me?

The sea is so swollen, it's golden and silver,
And all is a beckoning wave.
The beauty contestant on a ship from Southampton—
The stars look so different from here.

Mary of the South Seas,
Mary of the South,
Mary of the South Seas,
I feel your presence; do you remember me?

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[I found the following additional verse at http://www.somethingsofinn.com/lyrics/southsea.html. It is not in the above recording.]

I wish I could help you; it's hard to discover.
The ones that you love slip away.
So go on your journey and when you recover,
All the dreams that you've buried shall bloom in the day.


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