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MARY DEAR (aka I'LL BE THERE, MARY DEAR) (aka GOODBYE, MARY DEAR)) (Andrew B. Sterling / Harry Von Tilzer) Byron G. Harlan - 1902 Roy Harvey & The North Carolina Ramblers - 1928 Richard Harold - 1929 Charlie Poole - 1929 Lester McFarland & Robert A. Gardner - 1931 Roy Harvey & Jess Johnson - 1931 Gene Autry - 1940 Bill Clifton - 1957 Darrell McCall - 2004 Also recorded by: Larry Sigmon & Barbara Poole; Country Gentlemen. "Goodbye, Mary. I must go" Said a lad, "Now don't grieve so For it's duty calls me far across the sea" "Take this autumn leaf of gold" Said the maid, "'Twill ne'er grow old Always wear it next to your heart and think of me" "Meet me yonder down the lane When I come back home again 'Neath the tree where this golden leaf once grew Kiss me, Mary, then we'll part" Said the lad with a broken heart "When the leaves begin to fall, I'll be with you" "I'll be there, Mary dear, I'll be there When the fragrance of the roses fills the air 'Neath that old tree grand and tall When the leaves begin to fall, I'll be there, yes, I'll be there, sweet Mary dear" See the lad with empty sleeve Of his comrades taking leave They were home again, the transport had come back "If she loved you long ago, She won't love you less, I know But one arm will do to hold her to you, Jack" It was autumn time again As he wandered down the lane There beneath that old oak tree he found a grave So he knelt in silent prayer For the one he loved slept there As the tears fell on the golden leaf she gave "I'll be there, Mary dear, I'll be there When the fragrance of the roses fills the air 'Neath that old tree grand and tall When the leaves begin to fall I'll be there, yes, I'll be there, sweet Mary dear" ***** As recorded by DARRELL McCALL: "Goodbye Mary, I must go" Said a lad, "Now don't weep so" For only duty calls me far across the sea We were married in the Spring And the birds begin to sing When the leaves begin to fall, I'll be with you I'll be there, Mary dear, I'll be there When the fragrance of the roses fill the air By that oak tree, grand and tall When the leaves begin to fall I'll be there, yes I'll be there, sweet Mary dear (Instrumental Break) It was Autumn time again As I wandered down the lane There beneath that old oak tree, I saw a grave And there I knelt in silent prayer For the one I love lay there And my tears fell on the golden leaves she gave I'll be there, Mary dear, I'll be there When the fragrance of the roses fill the air And by that oak tree, grand and tall When the leaves begin to fall I'll be there, yes I'll be there, sweet Mary dear I'll be there, yes I'll be there, sweet Mary dear (Transcribed by Monique Adriaansen & Mel Priddle - February 2006) *****

    


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