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Mary And Me

  • (Eric Bogle)

       You were born in the slum little boy
       And you'll die in the slum little boy
       You were born in the slum ay, you've never seen the sun
       You'll be there till kingdom come little boy

    We grew up together, two kids in the same dirty street
    And often we were cauld and hungry wi' little tae eat
    We were born to a life of want and poverty
    And livin' wisnae easy for Mary and me
    When you're poor and you're hungry it's hard to keep dreams alive
    For you need all your strength and your will if you want to survive
    But I never gave up my dreams, and neither did she
    Though livin' wisnae easy for Mary and me

    We dreamed o' the day when we'd both get away frae the slum
    Tae a place ootside where a man could earn a spot in the sun
    But though we dreamed our dreams they werenae tae be
    For livin' wisnae easy for Mary and me
    For Mary came tae me and said she was five months gone
    So we married that spring afore oor son was born
    Then before we knew, our children numbered three
    And livin' wisnae easy for Mary and me

    Now our kids are growing up in the same dirty street
    And often they're cauld and hungry wi' little tae eat
    Living a life o' want and poverty
    Living isnae easy for Mary and me
    I wish tae hell this weary life were done
    I wish tae hell that I was dead and gone
    For if death's the only way we can be free
    Then dying will be easy for Mary and me

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1981:] Written in November 1973. - Simple little song I wrote to try to illustrate the vicious circle of poverty and ignorance. If you're born poor, the chances are that's the way you'll die. (Notes Eric Bogle, 'Plain and Simple')

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