OH MARY DON’T YOU WEEP NO MORE

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  • OH MARY DON’T YOU WEEP NO MORE
    “Mary Don’t You Weep”(alternately titled “O Mary Don’t You Weep”, “Oh Mary, Don’t
    You Weep, Don’t You Mourn”, or variations there of) is a Negro spiritual that originates
    from before the American Civil War. It tells the Biblical story of Mary of Bethany and
    her distraught pleas to Jesus to raise her brother Lazarus from the dead. Other narratives
    relate to The Exodus and the Passage of the Red Sea, with the chorus proclaiming
    Pharaoh’s army got drown-ded!, and to God’s rainbow covenant to Noah after the Great
    Flood. With liberation thus one of its themes, the song again became popular during the
    1950s and 1960s American civil rights movement.
    The first recording of the song was by the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1915, while the most
    known recording was by The Swan Silvertones in 1962. Many other recordings have
    been made, by artists ranging from The Soul Stirrers to Burl Ives. Pete Seeger gave it
    additional folk music visibility by performing it at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival. In a
    pounding big group folk arrangement, it was one of the highlights of the 2006 Bruce
    Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band Tour.
    Well if I could I surely would
    Stand on the rock where Moses stood
    Pharaoh’s army got drownded
    O Mary don’t you weep
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    Pharaoh’s army get drownded
    O Mary, don’t you weep
    Well Mary wore 3 links of chain
    on every link was a Jesus’ name
    Pharaoh’s army got drownded
    O Mary don’t you weep
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    Pharaoh’s army get drownded
    Oh, Mary, don’t you weep
    Well one of these nights bout 12 o’clock
    this old world is gonna rock
    Pharaoh’s army got drownded
    O Mary don’t you weep
    Well Moses stood on the Red Sea shore
    And smote the water with a two by four
     Pharaoh’s army got drownded
    O Mary don’t you weep
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn
    Pharaoh’s army got drownded
    O Mary, don’t you weep
    Well, old Mr. Satan he got mad
    Missed that soul that he thought he had
    Pharaoh’s army get drownded
    O Mary, don’t you weep
    Brothers and sisters don’t you cry
    they’ll be good times by and by
    Pharaoh’s army got drownded
    O Mary don’t you weep
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    Pharaoh’s army get drownded
    O Mary, don’t you weep
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    Pharaoh’s army get drownded
    O Mary, don’t you weep
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    Pharaoh’s army get drownded
    O Mary, don’t you weep
    God gave Noah the rainbow sign
    Said, “No more water, but fire next time”
    Prahaoh’s army got drownded
    O Mary don’t you weep
    O Mary don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    O Mary don’t weep, don’t mourn
    Pharaoh’s army got drownded
    O Mary don’t weep
    O Mary don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    O Mary don’t weep, don’t mourn
    Pharaoh’s army got drownded
  • O Mary don’t weep
    O Mary don’t you weep, don’t mourn
    O Mary don’t weep, don’t mourn
    Pharaoh’s army got drownded
    O Mary don’t weep