Take a Message to Mary

Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant
Released by Bob Dylan on Self Portrait (1970)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem


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These are the words of a frontier lad
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Who lost his love when he turned bad.

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 Take a message to Mary
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But don't tell her where I am

Take a message to Mary
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But don't say I'm in a jam.
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You can tell her that I had to see the world
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Tell her that my ship set sail
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You can say she'd better not wait for me
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But don't tell her I'm in jail
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Oh don't tell her I'm in jail.
Take a message to Mary
But don't tell her what I've done
Please don't mention the stagecoach
An' the shot from a careless gun.
You can tell her that I changed my plans
An' cancel out the weddin' day
But don't mention my lonely cell
Where I'm gonna pine away
Until my dyin' day.
Take a message to Mary
But don't tell all you know
My heart is achin' for Mary
Lord knows I miss her so.
Just tell her that I went to Timbuktu
Tell that I'm searchin' for gold
You can say she'd better find someone new
To cherish an' to hold
Oh Lord, this cell is cold.