MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS

Live 09 Mar 1974 (KLOL-FM) version


Mary queen of Arkansas, it's not too early for dreamin'
The sky is grown with the cloud seed sown and a bastard's love can be redeeming
Mary, my queen, your soft hulk is reviving
Lord, you're not too late to desecrate, the servants are just rising

Seems I'm just a lonely acrobat, this livewire, she's my trade
I've been a shine boy for your acid brats and a wharf rat of your state
Mary, my queen, your blows for freedom, they're missing
Lord, you're not man enough for me to hate or woman enough for kissing

Well baby, this big top, she's just for dreamers, but we can take that circus all the way to the border
Well, the gallows wait for martyrs whose papers are in order
Well, but I was not born to live to die and you were not born, you weren't born for queenin'
Lord, it's not too late, we can still infiltrate, the servants are just leavin'

Mary queen of Arkansas, your white skin is deceivin'
You wait and wait to lie in bait and you almost got your boy believin'
But on your bed, Mary, I have seen the shadow of a noose
Lord, I don't understand how you can hold me so tight and love me so damn loose

But that's alright, 'cause I got a place where we can go, baby
Where I can get a good job and start out all over again clean
Swear I got contacts deep in Mexico where servants have been seen

Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh

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Info

The above lyrics are for the live 09 Mar 1974 radio performance of MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS as broadcast on Houston's KLOL-FM. The song was performed in a similar style as it was played on the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour, an acoustic version featuring Bruce Springsteen on acoustic guitar and Danny Federici on accordion, but with a more straightforward vocal from Bruce.

The 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM Radio Performance

Bruce Springsteen's 09 Mar 1974 radio performance was broadcast live on Houston's KLOL-FM. The show took place on the afternoon of 09 Mar 1974 at the radio station in Houston, TX. This was lengthiest of all Springsteen radio station performances. The complete performance was recorded off the airwaves and has since circulated among fans.

The 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM radio broadcast was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen -- On The Crest Of The Airwaves
Bruce Springsteen -- On The Crest Of The Airwaves

Digital album - Rock Melon (no catalog number) - UK, 2014

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM radio broadcast, the 05 Feb 1975 broadcast from The Main Point, and various TV appearances from the nineties.
Bruce Springsteen -- Live Sessions: Houston Boston Richmond
Bruce Springsteen -- Live Sessions: Houston Boston Richmond

Digital album - Wyte Myce (no catalog number) - UK, 2015

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 31 May 1973 WGOE-FM radio broadcast, part of the 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM radio broadcast, and the 09 Apr 1974 WBCN-FM radio broadcast.
Bruce Springsteen -- Sentimental Journey
Bruce Springsteen -- Sentimental Journey

CD - Broadcasting Radio Records (BRR5032) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM radio broadcast, plus three bonus tracks.
Bruce Springsteen -- Sentimental Journey
Bruce Springsteen -- Sentimental Journey

LP - Broadcasting Radio Records (BRR4032) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM radio broadcast, plus three bonus tracks.
Bruce Springsteen -- Live In Studio 1974 + Bonus 1973
Bruce Springsteen -- Live In Studio 1974 + Bonus 1973

LP - DOL (DOR2109H) - Europe, 2016

This release contains the 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM radio broadcast and part of the 09 Jan 1973 WBCN-FM radio broadcast.
Bruce Springsteen -- Acoustic Radio Broadcast Collection
Bruce Springsteen -- Acoustic Radio Broadcast Collection

2xCD - The Broadcast Archive (BSCD6047) - UK, 2017

This release contains the 09 Jan 1973 WBCN-FM radio broadcast, the 31 May 1973 WGOE-FM radio broadcast, the 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM radio broadcast, and the 09 Apr 1974 WBCN-FM radio broadcast. This is a repackaging of Good Ship Funke's Acoustic Radio 1973 and Acoustic Radio 1974.
Bruce Springsteen -- Acoustic Radio 1974
Bruce Springsteen -- Acoustic Radio 1974

Digital album - Good Ship Funke (no catalog number) - UK, 2017

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM radio broadcast and the 09 Apr 1974 WBCN-FM radio broadcast. It was also released on CD exclusively as part of the Acoustic Radio Broadcast Collection package.

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS on this website:

MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [Album version]
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [03 May 1972 demo version take #1]
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [03 May 1972 demo version take #2]
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [Live 31 Jan 1973 (early show) version]
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [Live 02 Jun 1973 version]
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [Live 09 Mar 1974 (KLOL-FM) version]
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [Live 10 Mar 1974 (late show) version]
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [Live 27 Jun 2000 version]
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [Live 27 Sep 2002 version]
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [Live 22 Nov 2009 version]
MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [Dusty Wright's cover version]

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