"Mary's Prayer" as written by and Gary Clark....
Everything is wonderful
Being here is heavenly
Every single day, she says
Everything is free
I used to be so careless
As if I couldn't care less
Did I have to make mistakes when I was Mary's prayer?

Suddenly the heavens rolled
Suddenly the rain came down
Suddenly was washed away
The Mary that I knew
So when you find somebody who gives
Think of me and celebrate
I made such a big mistake when I was Mary's Prayer

So if I say save me, save me
Be the light in my eyes
And if I say ten Hail Mary's
Leave a light on in heaven for me

Blessed is the one who shares
The power and your beauty, Mary
Blessed is the millionaire
Who shares your wedding day
So when you find somebody to give
Think of me and celebrate
I made such a big mistake when I was Mary's Prayer

So if I say save me, save me
Be the light in my eyes
And if I say ten Hail Mary's
Leave a light on in heaven

Save me, save me
Be the light in my eyes
And if I say ten Hail Mary's
Leave a light on in heaven for me

If you want the fruit to fall
You have to give the tree a shake
But if you shake the tree too hard
The bough is gonna break
And if I can't reach the top of the tree
Mary you can hold me up there
What I wouldn't give to be when I was Mary's prayer

So if I say save me, save me
Be the light in my eyes
If I say ten Hail Mary's
Leave a light on in heaven

Save me, save me
Be the light in my eyes
If I say ten Hail Mary's
Leave a light on in heaven

Save me, save me
Be the light in my eyes
What I wouldn't give to be when I was Mary's prayer
What I wouldn't give to be when I was Mary's prayer
What I wouldn't give to be (save me) when I was Mary's prayer


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"Mary's Prayer" as written by Gary Clark

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  • +3
    General CommentAll about regret...about realizing that you once were special to someone but carelessly threw that away. That person could make you feel on top of the world when you belonged to them, but those precious days are gone forever and you would give anything to get them back.
    driggsyon June 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, but when I read those lyrics I'm flooded with awful memories following the break-up of a 3 year college relationship - the demise occuring over the several shiftless months following graduation when I was seriously lacking confidence and perspective.

    Aimless in Boston and tormented with guilt for my part in the break-up, I called her after she moved West. That line, "Everything is wonderful, being here is heavenly . . ." is so like her description of her new life, in her new town, with her new friends -without me. It was as if I had never been a part of her life ["Suddenly was washed away the Mary that I knew."]

    Few things suck more than the regret and self-pity you feel when you realize just how much your ex has moved on, while your own life has been going nowhere.
    Campaigneron September 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentComment no3.........from gary clark.......yeah right...........not the real Gary
    cosmikdebrison February 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMe and ma pal going out with these two girls from Kelty. His girl was called Mary and she was a honey and i wanted her. Hence this shite song sticks to my memory like a wet pound note on the bottom of a swimming pool. Its that relevant.
    Railway Boyon May 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, yeah .... but I still think it fits an 'innocence lost' idea... at least for us lapsed catholic boys... thats the way I've always heard it...

    The catholic church, and particularly Mary... was a big part of my youth... deeper than Santa Claus...

    The bough break and the cradle fell... but I still hope She keeps a light on for me in heaven...
    massmanon April 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentimagine this song being sung by an orphan to a mother that he's never meet that in his mind he's called her Mary to bring her to life and closer to him?

    "Being here is heavenly" - is a thank you for the gift of life.

    "I made such a big mistake
    When I was Mary's Prayer "
    - this is the thought that, as Mary's "mistake" - he knows that she is thinking about him... he's in her prayers everyday, hopefully.

    "If you want the fruit to fall ...... etc" - references the apple not falling far from the tree and trying to "give the tree a shake" to trace his mother.

    "But if you shake the tree too hard,
    The bough is gonna break "
    - maybe he might not be able to handle what he finds?

    And if I can't reach the top of the tree
    Mary you can hold me up there
    What I wouldn't give to be
    When I was Mary's prayer
    - maybe he can't trace his real mother? If not, he'd give anything to just be in his mother's thoughts - whether she's passed on or not.
    Gori11aBearon May 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlways remember, Mary is always with us. In our good times and bad, in timessage of victory and sadness and defeat. She knows what you are going through and knows how to fix it, for she has been through it many times before.
    It has been written many times before that if you combined all the love from all the mothers in the world, past and present, it would never amount to the love that Mary has for each and every one of us.
    Cheers to eeveryone.
    Rjpoeton April 25, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentDid you guys realize that Gary Clark himself wrote comment nº 3? He wrote the lyrics! He was the vocalist/ guitarist on Danny Wilson. So we should all consider what he says as the actual meaning of the song! Only he knows what went through his head while writing it and I think he explained it clearly. It is a beautiful song with a wonderful intricate meaning.
    Eleouson October 11, 2009   Link
  • -1
    Song MeaningEverything is wonderful.( Everything is so wonderful in my life.)
    Being here is heavenly.( My life is so heavenly.)
    Every single day she sends. Everything is free.( Every single day she sends power,
    And its all free.)
    I used to be so careless. As if I could'nt careless( I was so careless about the spiritual gift Mary sent me. It did'nt phase me.)
    Did I have to make this face.when I was Marys prayer( I couldnt face myself for for the mistakes I made.
    1120655315on March 05, 2016   Link
  • -3
    General CommentThis wasn't one of my better lyrics, a bit too obvious in retrospect but still requires some explaining. I've noticed a few incorrect assumptions, mainly from the muso types who take lyrics much too seriously and look for hidden messages.

    This is a song about murder. Yes, just like when Powers and Wagner met in Hart to Hart, it was moider.

    The first verse is standard fare and sets the scene when Danny and Mary met. Oh, the joy, Everything is wonderful. All so care free, ah, those days.

    We move on to regret in the next verse. Danny looks back, how could he have killed he one true love in a moment of madness?

    You see, Mary met a millionaire and fell for him and his Vauxhall Senator 4.2 GT CXi. Poor old Danny was devastated and confronted her. Mary, in her guilty state of mind did the only logical thing. Yes, that's right, she climbed the nearest Giant Redwood. Danny, with his chronic vertigo (afflicted since he was 5 years old when a serious inner ear infection left him bed-ridden for 3 months. I removed this verse for the final recording to add a bit mystery) was left on the ground accusing Mary of lesbian tendencies.

    Well, what could Danny do now? He wanted the the fruit so badly he shook the tree. Little did Danny know that this tree was infested with Dutch Elm disease (a fair assumption really as it was a Giant Redwood). The bough that Mary was straddled upon snapped and she plummeted like a sack of sugar but, miraculously, her fall was broken to some extent by the branches she hit on her descent. Danny cradled her broken body in his arms but Mary was a strong lass and would survive if Danny could get help quick enough.

    As Danny rushed into the caravanette to telephone the paramedics the heavens opened and a flash flood washed Mary away over a cliff edge to be pulverised on the rocks below.

    People often ask me if the "Hail" was also a reference to the freak storm system which took Mary over the cliff edge but it is, in fact, a reference to the Angelical Salutation oft used by Catholics as a means of punishment in confession. Danny was ordered to recite 37 Hail Marys for killing his girlfriend, a record even in the mid-80s.

    Danny, once released from prison on his 10 year manslaughter charge was fully forgiven. The sad twist comes in his death, he was killed in a fall down a pub cellar in pitch darkness.

    Mary didn't leave the light on in heaven for him, she was too busy being porked by the millionaire.
    GaryClarkon November 19, 2004   Link

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