I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO MARY
(Words by J. Brandon Walsh / Music by Ernest Breuer, 1914)
Simple Mary Brown, left her own home town For to see the Great
White Way. She was sweet and shy when she said "good-bye."
And she came back home to day. At the railroad station, all the
population waited for the two fifteen; Her stylish dressing, had the
rubes all guessing For they didn't know their village queen. Said
Mary's Ma, to Mary's Pa:
Mary's Turkey Trots and her new Gavottes Had her home town
dancing mad. But the old barn dance, didn't have a chance With
the loving Tango fad. Hesitation was the big sensation, They all
tried to do it night and day. The crops were flopping while the
rubes were hopping To some brand new dance from gay Broadway.
Said Mary's Pa, to Mary's Ma:
"I'd like to know what happened to Mary. Since she went to New
York Town. It surely don't seem like the same old Mary Who
dressed in a ging ham gown. She came back wearing seven kinds
of hair, Does the Tango to the Maiden's Pray'r I'd like to know
what happened to Mary. Since Mary left the old home town."