"Tell Mary" as written by and Meg/frampton Frampton....
Oh, Play along.
She wills it.
Oh, Sunday came.
Promised you'd tell her.
She sat up in bed.
Answered your call dear.
Smeared purple and red.

You're gonna leave her tonight.
She sat up with her eyes wide.
You fell in love with a girl you knew.
You've come to say goodbye.
You're gonna leave her tonight.
Under a cheap July sky.
Tell her.
Tell Mary.

After the first touch.
Her skirt boring.
Her voice deep and charming at first.
You could make her come back once in a while.
If you painted a fresco.
There she'd be with her powder half falling off.
So perfect from far.

You're gonna leave her tonight.
She sat up with her eyes wide.
You fell in love with a girl you knew.
You've come to say goodbye.
You're gonna leave her tonight.
Under a cheap July sky.
Tell her.
Tell Mary.

Meet me at the pictures Mary.
Adam said that he was leaving.
Meet me at the pictures Mary.
Adam said that he was leaving.
Meet me.
Meet me.
You're gonna leave her tonight.

You're gonna leave her tonight.
She sat up with her eye's wide.
You fell in love with a girl you knew.
With a girl you knew.

You're gonna leave her tonight.
She sat up with her eyes wide.
You fell in love with a girl you knew.
And you've come to say goodbye.
You're gonna leave her tonight.
Under a cheap July sky.
Tell her.
Tell Mary.


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"Tell Mary" as written by Meg Frampton Dia Frampton

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    General Commentthis song is really beautiful

    I think it is basically about a guy named Adam who meets someone else and he tells her that he would leave his current lover for them, but before he does, someone else tells Mary that Adam is leaving her.
    It sounds like this is coming from the prespective of a friend of Mary's maybe, or the other woman

    "Oh play along. she wills it. Oh Sunday came. Promised you'd tell her."

    So maybe the person was playing along and pretended she didnt know Adam was going to break up with Mary, and she waited untill sunday for him to tell her but he didn't, so she met with Mary to tell her

    I'm not quite sure what "Meet me at the pictures Mary" means, but obviously she's meeting her somewhere

    So to sum it all up, I think its basically about someone wanting Adam to just tell her, hence "Tell her, tell Mary"
    emily_dianeon September 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell "adam" is breaking up with "mary" and why i'm not quite sure.
    maverick0073on October 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis songs sounds so sweet and relaxing C:
    The meaning... kinda confusing, not gonna lie.. I dunno, it seems like it's a story that keeps jumping from perspective to perspective. So like..
    It starts off, I guess, maybe Adam's new love telling him that it was the day he had promised to break it off with Mary.
    I'm gonna assume that every 'she' or 'her' refers to Mary, because the chorus goes "tell her, tell Mary'..
    So... basically, Adam falls in love with someone else from his past, and so is going to leave Mary for her. But then it confuses me with the 'meet me' part, because it seems as if someone is telling Mary that Adam was going to leave her. So I guess that this could entirely from the perspective of a middleman? Possibly even Adam's mistress, who in turn feels bad for stealing her man away, so she sympathizes and decides to tell Mary. I dunno. I'm confusing myself now.

    EITHER way... it's quite a lovely song; reminds me of a lullaby.
    makemesmileon March 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy name's mary...:-(

    what does this song mean? it confuses me...he's obviously breaking up with her but the perpective is confusing
    piecesxofxyouon September 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts based on a book called "Mary" by Vladimir Nabokov
    Santion October 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti've never read the book, but "meet me at the pictures" sounds like the movies. or maybe an art gallery, but my first thought was the movies.

    once summer comes and i wont be bogged down by school, i totally wanna start reading again. for fun. i havent done leisure reading in the longest time. ive been meaning to get back to it, but Meg and Dia have really made me determined to read again
    Christine With A Kon March 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso this song is in the perspective of a friend of Adam.
    Adam sleeps with this girl called Mary and he gets around y'see. But this time things are different. He actually falls in love with her and she does with him. Adam can't take the fact that he is in love because he prefers the swingers life. He then leaves for a reason like a new job etc but doesn't tell Mary.
    So the friend who knows whats going on, can't take it anymore and just tells Mary at the movies which is where Adam and Mary were meant to have a date.
    Jillikon May 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere's the book description. I can see how it fits into the song.

    "Mary is a gripping tale of youth, first love, and nostalgia--Nabokov's first novel. In a Berlin rooming house filled with an assortment of seriocomic Russian émigrés, Lev Ganin, a vigorous young officer poised between his past and his future, relives his first love affair. His memories of Mary are suffused with the freshness of youth and the idyllic ambience of pre-revolutionary Russia. In stark contrast is the decidedly unappealing boarder living in the room next to Ganin's, who, he discovers, is Mary's husband, temporarily separated from her by the Revolution but expecting her imminent arrival from Russia."
    then slowly growson August 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe song is about a girl named Mary and what she went through when her boyfriend was breaking up with her. Adam was hidding that he was seeing this other girl behind her back and felt bad about it and bad about telling her at the same time. Smeered purple and red is her make up. Adam more or less got tired of Mary when her "skirt boaring" and how in the begining it was a passionate romance that they had.

    ["After the first touch, her skirt boaring. Her voice deep and charming at first. You can make her come back once in a while, if you made her your first girl. There she'd be with her powder half falling off, so perfect from far."]

    That phrase is commonly misheard but it means that she woul more or less do anything to get back with him.

    ["'Meet me at the pictures, Mary.' Adam said that as he was leaving. Meet me. Meet me. You're going to leave her tonight."]

    That is commonly wrong too.. That is what Adam said and more or less the person singing it is the nararrator to Mary's story.
    jensmannequinon February 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'd say that this song is either about the Virgin Mary, or the book by Vladimir Nabokov.
    waroutofpeaceon April 09, 2009   Link

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