Live 27 Sep 2002 version
Mary queen of Arkansas, it's not too early for dreamin'
Yeah, the sky is grown with cloud seed sown, and a bastard's love can be redeeming
Well, Mary, my queen, your soft hulk is reviving
No, you're not too late to desecrate, the servants are just rising
I'm just a lonely acrobat, this livewire is my trade
Been a shine boy for your acid brat and a wharf rat of your state
Mary, my queen, your blows for freedom are missing
You're not man enough for me to hate or woman enough for kissing
Well, the big top is for dreamers, we can take the circus all the way to the border
Yeah, and the gallows wait for martyrs whose papers are in order
Yeah, but I wasn't born to live to die and you weren't born for queenin'
Maybe it's not too late to infiltrate, the servants are just leavin'
Mary queen of Arkansas, yeah, your white skin is deceivin'
Well, you wake and wait to lie in bait and you almost got me believin'
But on your bed, Mary, I can see the shadow of a noose
I don't understand how you can hold me so tight and love me so loose
Yeah, but I know a place where we can go, Mary
Where I can get a good job and start out all over again clean
Yeah, I got contacts deep in Mexico where the servants have been seen
The above lyrics are for the live 27 Sep 2002 performance of MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. This was the only performance of the song on The Rising Tour, and just like on The Reunion Tour, it was played in a solo acoustic guitar and harmonica arrangement.
Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.
List of available versions of MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS on this website:MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS [Album version]