Mary, oh Mary, so quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
These silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty men all in our room,
When you see contrary Mary,
Told her eye, refuse to terry.
We spoke very soft and slow
Without your pretty men, Mary,
Standing in a row.
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary.

Smoke a high cool cigarette,
Turn around and then we left,
Smiling as the way began to grow,
We got your pretty men all in a row.
Mary, Mary, so quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
These silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty men all in our room,
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary,
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary,
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary,
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary.
When you see contrary Mary,
Told her eye, refuse to terry.
We spoke very soft and slow,
We got your pretty men standing in a row.
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary,
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary,
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary,
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary,
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary,
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary,
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary,
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary.


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    General CommentThe guitar solo on this is absolutely fucking awesome.
    It blows my mind EVERY SINGLE TIME I hear it.
    It's intense, it's raw, but it's also bright - like a child's picture of the Sun coloured in the brightest yellow felt-tip pen, with the colour going uncontrolled, going over the scribbly, imperfect edges.
    It's completely opened-up, baring it's soul, desperate to be heard.
    It's incredibly emotive and releasing - just listen to it on massive speakers, turned up excessively loud, and feel the drive behind the feeling ;-)
    Easily my all-time favourite guitar solo.

    This is also my favourite Can song, as it happens.
    The Distortedon December 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've always felt they got better with Damo Suzuki. Just read my comment for I'm So Green.
    inpraiseoffollyon February 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFair enough - on the whole I could agree with you, but on a couple of occasions their earlier material was just as good (if not better in some cases - hence this being my favourite song and all).
    I would never simply state "this era is better than the other". It depends on the song.
    Anyway, I think that's enough of an off topic tangent for now.

    - You made me tarnish the section of my favourite Can song *sniff*
    The Distortedon September 16, 2007   Link

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