MARY MARY

Studio version


I heard they seen you yesterday in Charlestown
I heard about that story going round round
All I got's a book of love with pages worn clean through
A circle of gold and one bleeding tattoo
Mary, Mary, where have you gone to
(Mary, Mary, where have you gone to)

This town's a secret shared and shattered in a sad song
Just torn and tattered pieces of a love gone wrong
Hearts of stone and eyes gone deep blue
Lonely houses filled two by two
Mary, Mary, where have you run to
(Mary, Mary, where have you run to)

Summer storm blew in soft and cool
Onto slinky town streets where love ruled
Now there's just a misty sidewalk with the rain drifting through
Lipstick case and one lonely red shoe
Mary, Mary, where have you run to
(Mary, Mary, where have you run to)
Mary, Mary, where have you run to
(Mary, Mary, where have you run to)
Mary, Mary, where have you run to
(Mary, Mary, where have you run to)
I heard they seen you yesterday in Charlestown


Info

MARY MARY is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2014 EP American Beauty. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's studio version of MARY MARY as released in 2014.

The guitar riff in MARY MARY is very similar to LEAH.

Studio Recording

In a December 2013 interview for Rolling Stone, Ron Aniello told Andy Greene that at least 20 tracks were recorded for the High Hopes album. Among the tracks that didn't make the album cut were COLD SPOT, HEY BLUE EYES, AMERICAN BEAUTY, and MARY MARY.

The studio version of MARY MARY released on American Beauty was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen. The performing musicians line-up on the track is:

  • Bruce Springsteen (vocal, guitar, synth, bass, percussion, pump organ)
  • Patti Scialfa (backing vocals)
  • Charles Giordano (farfisa)
  • Ron Aniello (synth)
  • Songa Lee (violin)
  • Steve Richards (cello)
  • Toby Scott (drum programming)
  • Scott Tibbs (string arrangement and conductor)

In the liner notes to American Beauty that were posted on his official website, Bruce Springsteen wrote: "'Mary Mary' is a lovely mystery, a small piece of heartbreak poetry that sneaks up on you with its slippery grove, punctuated string section and spectral lyrics. It came closest to making the High Hopes cut."

American Beauty

American Beauty is a Bruce Springsteen 4-track EP that was released on 19 Apr 2014. Limited to 7,500 copies, the EP was issued on 12-inch vinyl and was distributed exclusively to independent stores throughout North America and Europe that participated in the 7th annual "Record Store Day" campaign. The EP was also released digitally on 22 Apr 2014.

In a March 2014 interview for Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen told Sean Sennett: "It's got some nice things on it. This is material from the past decade. Some were demos that I never cut. [...] I thought it's a nice time to support the record stores, which are dwindling, and get some new music out at the same time."

In the liner notes to American Beauty that were posted on his official website, Bruce Springsteen wrote: "American Beauty is a collection of songs I cut at home. Upon revisiting them for High Hopes I recognized their potential and Ron Aniello and I worked on them until we'd turned them into the music before you."

Bruce Springsteen -- American Beauty (EP cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- American Beauty (EP cover art)

Live History

Bruce Springsteen has never performed MARY MARY live.

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's MARY MARY.

Credits

Trevor in UK and Andy Holding for the lyrics corrections.

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Available Versions

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MARY MARY [Studio version]

Page last updated: 26 Apr 2014