"Buddha For Mary" as written by and Jared Leto....
A simple fear to wash you away
An open mind canceled it today
A silent song that's in your words
A different taste that's in your mind

This is the life on Mars
This is the life on Mars

Mary was a different girl
Had a thing for astronauts
Mary was the type of girl
She always liked to play a lot
Mary was a holy girl
Father whet her appetite
Mary was the type of girl
She always liked to fall apart

Tell me did you see her face
Tell me did you smell her taste
Tell me what's the difference
Don't they all just look the same inside?
Buddha for Mary
Here it comes

Mary was an acrobat
But still she couldn't seem to breathe
Mary was becoming everything she didn't want to be
Mary would hallucinate
And see the sky up on the wall
Mary was the type of girl
She always liked to fly

Tell me did you see her face
Tell me did you smell her taste
Tell me what's the difference
Don't they all just look the same inside?
Buddha for Mary
Here it comes

This is the life on mars

He said, "Can you help me, are you sleeping"
She said, "Will you rape me now?"
He said, "Leave the politics to mad men"
She said, "I believe your lies"
He said, "There's a paradise beneath me"
She said, "Am I supposed to bleed?"
He said, "You better pray to Jesus"
She said, "I don't believe in God"

Mary was a different girl
Had a thing for astronauts
Mary was the type of girl
She always liked to play a lot
Mary was a holy girl
Finally wet her appetite
Mary was the type of girl
She always liked to fall apart

Tell me did you see her face
Tell me did you smell her taste
Tell me what's the difference
Don't they all just look the same inside?
Buddha for Mary
Here it comes


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"Buddha for Mary" as written by Jared Leto

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  • +4
    General Commentat first when i heard the demo version, i thought this song was about a girl and when she was younger, she was a devout christian and now she's grown up and doing drugs (hallucinating) and having sex (will you rape me now) which are against her religion. but now that i hear this version i totally agree with tendo87. and i can totally relate to this. recently, i became an atheist and buddhism is a non-theistic (no god) philosophy more than a religion. i see how this can be about a girl leaving behind her old tradition. also, science has started replacing a lot of old religious beliefs and today, more and more people are leaving behind their faith.
    RachelIsFreckledon May 22, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI have to agree that this song is about religion. I don't think it's about a person but rather the institution of religion and it's metamorphesis.


    "Mary was a different girl
    Had a thing for astronauts
    Mary was the type of girl
    She always liked to fall apart
    Mary was a holy girl
    Father whet her appetite
    Mary was the type of girl
    She always liked to fuck about"

    I think this part describes the nature of Christianity in a way. Mary- Christianity- was a different girl- religion- and she hada thing for astronauts- dreamers and those aiming for something above and in outer space. Yet she liked to fall apart, wreak havoc, flakey actions and whimsy defined her. Father -god- whet her appetite, yet she liked to "fuck about" and venture into different areas completely off topic to what was really supposed to concern her.


    "Tell me did you see her face?
    Tell me did you smell her taste?
    Tell me what's the difference,
    Don't they all just look the same inside?

    Buddha for Mary, here it comes!"

    This is just asking if you've felt it, seen it, experienced it and then thought that it was all always the same crap, different presentation and then he proclaims "Budda for Mary here it comes". One religion to replace another.

    "Mary was an acrobat
    But still she couldn't seem to breathe
    Mary was becoming
    Everything she didn't want to be
    Mary would hallucinate
    And see the sky upon the wall
    Mary was the type of girl
    She always liked to fly"

    Mary -christianity- was an acrobat and could shift shapes and twist and turn in every direction yet it never got the chance to breathe and slowly Christianity turned into something which it was not meant to be. Mary- christianity- would hallucinate and lie to itself and abd "see the sky upon the wall". It was confined, blocked in, caged, yet it saw false freedom and skies above. Christianty liked to fly, but within it's walls it remained.

    "He said
    Can you hear me are you sleeping
    She said
    Will you rape me now
    He said
    Leave the politics to madmen
    She said
    I believe your lies
    He said
    There's a paradise beneath me
    She said
    Am I supposed to bleed
    He said
    You better pray to jesus
    She said
    I don't believe in god"

    This part is just about the downfall of Christianity in my opinions. It's about the temptation and Christianity's fall from grace. The "evil" or whatnot spoke and Christinity listened and started believing the lies and got caught up with politics and once again, went off topic into territory it had no business in and Christinity lost all of which defined it and stopped believing in Jesus so to speak.
    candykaoson June 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti dont know the meaning of this song, all i know is when i saw them in concert, it was a very small crowd. maybe 75 - 100 people in champaign, illinois. they did this song and jared walked thru the crowd.. when the he said she said part came on, he was standing right next to me and grazed my cheek w/ his hand. i still to this day get goosebumps when i when i think about it. and will forever have a crush on jared leto all b/c of this song.
    whoeeon December 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthm, somehow mixed up the artists "30 seconds to mars" and "thirty seconds to mars" half the songs are at 30 and half at thirty. whatever, gonna fix this later....

    most fascinating band i ever heard! dont miss!
    earthsickon May 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaren't they the same band? some people just spell out the 30.
    awake&dreamingon August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me think about a girl trying to be a rebel and doing drugs and having sex
    barcode0000on July 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese lyrics are wrong
    diebydesignon May 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA simple future wash you away
    An open mind cancelled it today
    A silent song that's in your voice
    A different taste that's in your mind

    This is the life on Mars

    Mary was a different girl
    Had a thing for astronauts
    Mary was the type of girl
    She always liked to fall apart
    Mary was a holy girl
    Father whet her appetite
    Mary was the type of girl
    She always liked to fuck about

    Tell me did you see her face
    Tell me did you smell her taste
    Tell me what's the difference
    Don't they all just look the same inside
    See her face
    Smell her taste
    What's the difference
    Don't they all just look the same inside

    Mary was an acrobat
    But still she couldn't seem to breathe
    Mary was becoming
    Everything she didn't want to be
    Mary would hallucinate
    And see the sky upon the wall
    Mary was the type of girl
    She always liked to fly

    Tell me did you see her face
    Tell me did you smell her taste
    Tell me what's the difference
    Don't they all just look the same inside
    See her face
    Smell her taste
    What's the difference
    Don't they all just look the same inside

    This is the life on Mars
    This is the life on Mars
    This is the life on Mars
    This is the life...

    He said
    Can you hear me are you sleeping
    She said
    Will you rape me now
    He said
    Leave the politics to madmen
    She said
    I believe your lies
    He said
    There's a paradise beneath me
    She said
    Am I supposed to bleed
    He said
    You better pray to jesus
    She said
    I don't believe in god

    Mary was a different girl
    Had a thing for astronauts
    Mary was the type of girl
    She always liked to play around
    Mary was a holy girl
    Father whet her appetite
    Mary was the type of girl
    She always liked to fall apart

    Tell me did you see her face
    Tell me did you smell her taste
    Tell me what's the difference
    Don't they all just look the same inside
    See her face
    Smell her taste
    What's the difference
    Don't they all just look the same inside

    A simple future wash you away
    An open mind cancelled it today
    Bazalon October 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^^^^thats the demo version
    TyElamon October 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe 2nd version has J. Leto going " Buddha for mary--here it comes " repeated in there.
    Bejiitaon October 15, 2004   Link

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