(Went off the acoustic version, so words may vary slightly)

I learned how to hammer in the burning August sun
I learned how to lie and cheat, how to steel and just how to run
I fell asleep most nights with somebody else's blood on my tongue,
Your tongue
You learned just how to run

But it's just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy's shoes
I'm somewhere over the rainbow for you

You learned how to cry in them lonesome September nights
I learned to get by with the dogs and the dirt and the charm of the street
I fell asleep most nights with your pictures right behind my eyes,
Your eyes
The killer and the victim arrive, right at the same time

But it's just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy's shoes
I'm somewhere over the rainbow for you
And it's just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy's shoes
I'm somewhere over the rainbow for you

The cause for smile, is bright like the ramparts on the 4th of July
And my baby swings like a boxer, and sends her right hooks onto my chin
She cries like a baby (cries like a baby)
And she wears me just like a ring
Cries like a baby (cries like a baby)
And she wears me just like a ring

Learned how to swagger
I Learned how to hold you while your body burned
I Learned how compromise while this whirlwind hurricane turned
We fell asleep most nights with each other's blood on our tongues,
My love
Did you ever just have enough

But it's just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy's shoes
I'm somewhere over the rainbow for you
And it's just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy's shoes
I'm somewhere over the rainbow for you
And it's just the blues, Mary the blues
Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy's shoes
I'm somewhere over the rainbow for you



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    General Comment:I disagree with "cieran" comment (sorry) but quiet obviously this isn't a carry on from thunder road as Howl released on Handwitten is obviously a carry on from Thunder road

    I feel this song is a song trying to get over a girl in ways looking for your self telling your self "it's just the blues" and maria/mary is every girl and no girl according to Bruce Springsteen and Brian Fallon and many other artists like them, it's the trying to find your feet and then finding some one else to make you happy, this song is one telling you everything will be fine and the old relationship of the fights and shit times that something better will come

    I absolutely love the chorus "I'm somewhere over the rainbow for you" is almost the perfect line and right at the end with the first half verse of Amazing Grace playing just pulls all of it together
    Ril3yon July 11, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretation:the blues mary the blues:
    i believe is a sequel to Bruce Springsteens thunder road, i think its about an unnamed male character who is infatuated with mary. in thunder road mary and the male character decide to take a chance and search for the promised land, to leave everything behind in the hope of a better future, a fairytale future perhaps but i see the blues mary as a second chapter in that story.

    the couple are still searching for the promised land but have hit hard times, he's constantly having to reassure her that its just a bad time and that they will come through it better off, he however is doubting if they ever will find what there looking for, he's starting to see it as a fantasy, "swirling around his head like the dreams in Dorothy's shoes". Is a dream a lie if it don't come true or is it something worse?

    In verse one, he's working hard, trying his best to make the life he had promised her, he's learnt many things from this adventure he's undertaken but most of all he's learnt "how to run". Mary on the other hand may not have been the person he had hoped she would have been, she's not happy, she's not trying to make it work and the only thing she has learnt is "just how to run". I think that at this stage there both running in separate directions, he's trying to move forward and carry on running towards his dreams whereas she wants to run away and give up on everything. Were these ever her dreams?

    The second verse, mary is lonely, she's crying herself to sleep at night with him working away, working nights and every hour he can to make money, he's still in love with her and expresses' it in a brilliant line "i fell asleep most nights with your pictures right behind my eyes"

    Verse three, starts off so optimistic, he's still smiling so much so its compared to the fireworks on the 4th of july, mary on the other hand has changed, there fighting, she's taking her anger out on him and he still has the patience and love for her to take sympathy on her when she's upset afterwards when she "cries like a baby". He feels like he means so little to her now that he is just like an accessory for he, "she wears me just like a ring".

    I find the final verse the most interesting, to me it speaks of marriage vows, "i learned to hold you while your body burned" to care for her when she's ill. "i learned how to compromise while the whirlwind hurricane turned" to stand by her even at there worst times. For sickness and in health, for better and for worse.

    The underlying tune of amazing grace which plays from the final chorus onwards, repeatings the lines of appreciation for someone "saving a wretch like me", things may not be the best for them but he must have been really unhappy or unfortunate before he met her and regardless of how she acts and how difficult things get he has that motivation to keep running forward for the hope of a better life and never to go back to the life that made him so unhappy.
    cieranon October 14, 2011   Link

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