She visits the place that the tour groups must have
She's shocked to find somebody there
With a sun-beaten face, and a silver-grey head
He knelt on the floor unaware

He said "I'm sorry madam" as he lent her his hand
"I know I must be a strange sight
But I've been coming here for some thirty odd years
Ever since my sweet lady died
But I sure am glad you listened
Oh, I sure am glad you came
I've been waiting here in this mission
Ever since that day"

Oh, that summer we met, only fools could forget
Just how perfect a woman could be
By the time she was late, we had both set a date
In a place where she would marry me

But a gringo meant shame to their proud family name
And her father forbade it to be
So in less than a week, they found her by the creek
And the parents blamed it all on me

But I sure am glad you listened
And I sure am glad you came
I've been waiting here in this mission
Ever since that day

Well, her name was Marie
And the day she met me
Was the worst day of both of our lives
If it wasn't for me, I would truly believe
My sweetheart could still be alive

She said "Darling, believe. Don't you recognize me?
Though you waited here all of this time
They had shipped me away to my family in Spain
We can get on with our lives
Yeah, we still have plenty of time

'Cause I sure am glad I listened
Oh, I sure am glad I came
I made looking for you my mission
Ever since that day

Oh, I sure am glad you listened
Oh, I sure am glad you came
I've been waiting here in this mission
Ever since that day

And I sure am glad you listened
Oh, I sure am glad you came
I've been waiting here in this mission
Ever since that day

"May God bless you, have a good day"


Lyrics submitted by foolish-hippie

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    General CommentOk, the lyrics are wrong It's'
    "so in less than a week, They found her by the creek".
    The parents lied to him and sent her to Spain.
    So he thought she was dead, but kept coming to the Mission in hopes of seeing her.
    So I'm guessing he's shocked as hell when she comes back.

    I was under the impression that she was pregnant when it said she was late.
    ChubbyHuggson July 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is what i could make from the live version found on siue.edu/~msecor/
    foolish-hippieon April 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm trying to connect the pieces between Marie being found by a creek and meeting her lover at the mission.
    Pentagrammatonon May 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlittle correction..

    by the time she was late, we had both set a date
    in a place where she would marry me

    I'm wondering what the meaning of "found her by the creek" is. Does it mean what first comes to mind, they found her body by a creek? Or does it mean something else, and the woman first referred to in the song is actually Marie, who came back to the mission and found him?
    zpyroon July 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit sounds like he thought the girl he fell in love with died, and he sees another woman who he falls for, but it turns out to be the same woman?
    njcollinson December 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentseems to me he thought she was dead but actually her family sent her to Spain so they couldn't get married
    ("but a gringo brought shame to their proud family name... They had shipped me away to my family in Spain")
    but she made her way back and they are reunited ("She said "Darling, believe. Don't you recognize me?... we can get on with our lives, we still have plenty of time")
    LOVEmusicLIFEon December 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me that there is lot of confusion about what happened when it says they found her by the creek in less than a week. I got that the parents told the man that she was dead and blamed him but had secretly shipped her off to her family in spain. The rest was fairly obvious.

    Thank You For Listening
    -Ryan
    Thankyouforlisteninon February 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHm, my thoughts are that the family disliked the man and told him that she'd been found dead by the creek. Then they sent her to Spain to hide her from him and made things up to give him a hard time. I dunno, seems to make a little sense.

    Unless the woman he's seeing now is a ghost and they shipped her body to Spain to be buried...
    notfallingxoxon February 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with notfalling, i'm not sure if she's a ghost or if the family made things up, but either way it
    s a beautifully done song


    Thank You For Listening
    -Ryan
    Thankyouforlisteninon February 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalso it's not the live version on that site, thats the album version
    Thankyouforlisteninon April 03, 2008   Link

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