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Saw a mother with her child the other day
Waltzing through the sand
On the beach where I had been lying
What they could not see was that I could not stand
Oh Mary, Mary Ann
Oh Mary, Mary Ann
Mary Ann

The mother looked at me so severely
So I sent them both a vacant empty glance
Luckily with her mother the child did not agree
She sent me that smile that can't be chanced
Yes that smile that cannot be chanced
Yes that smile from Mary Ann
Mary, from Mary Ann
From Mary Ann

You know the world just takes its time from me
My friends they all have better plans
All the time I found I ever really needed
Found in that smile from Mary Ann
Yes in that smile from Mary Ann
In that smile from Mary Ann
Mary, From Mary Ann
From Mary Ann

The sun's heat is carried off by a gentle breeze
I can see her mother's skirt wave like a flag
She's standing in the languid and lapping sea
Calling "Mommy" and her mother she calls back
Yes her mother she calls back
She calls "Come on Mary Ann"
"Mary, Oh come on Mary, oh Mary Ann"
"Come on Mary, oh Mary Ann"

So now I've found the strength to get up and stand
And face once more that western sun
It's not so harsh with that southern breeze a blow'n
And as long as it smiles on me
Smile on me and Mary Ann
Smile on me and smile on Mary
Oh smile on Mary
Oh Mary Ann
Oh smile on Mary, Oh Mary Ann

There is no such thing as nothing I do believe
There is no such thing as nothing I do believe
Well there is no such thing as nothing I do believe
There is no such thing as nothing I do believe
I do believe

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from Lost Blues & Forgotten Ballads, released September 9, 2009

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William Lee and the Modern Primitives Nashville, Tennessee

William Lee is the nom de guerre of William B. Sealy.

The question of humanity—it's loss through privation of the spirit, it's corruption by seemingly unsurmountable forces, and it's redemption and salvation by acts and actors of disproportionate courage—is a pervasive theme throughout Lee's work. ... more

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