"Along Comes Mary" as written by and Tandyn Almer....
Every time I think that I'm the only one who's lonely
Someone calls on me
And every now and then I spend my time in rhyme and verse
And curse those faults in me

And then along comes Mary
And does she want to give me kicks , and be my steady chick
And give me pick of memories
Or maybe rather gather tales of all the fails and tribulations
No one ever sees

When we met I was sure out to lunch
Now my empty cup tastes as sweet as the punch

When vague desire is the fire in the eyes of chicks
Whose sickness is the games they play
And when the masquerade is played and neighbor folks make jokes
As who is most to blame today

And then along comes Mary
And does she want to set them free, and let them see reality
From where she got her name
And will they struggle much when told that such a tender touch as hers
Will make them not the same

When we met I was sure out to lunch
Now my empty cup tastes as sweet as the punch

And when the morning of the warning's passed, the gassed
And flaccid kids are flung across the stars
The psychodramas and the traumas gone
The songs are left unsung and hung upon the scars

And then along comes Mary
And does she want to see the stains, the dead remains of all the pains
She left the night before
Or will their waking eyes reflect the lies, and make them
Realize their urgent cry for sight no more

When we met I was sure out to lunch
Now my empty cup tastes as sweet as the punch

Lyrics submitted by Cobalt60

"Along Comes Mary" as written by Tandyn Almer

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    General CommentThere's no need to argue the point whether the lyrics are about Mary as the virgin mother or Mary as marijuana...it is, of course, both. Any writer of any decent talent doesn't even bother writing poems, stories or lyrics without giving the lines two, three or fours levels of meaning. Here, considering the 'establishment', Mary is simply a girl-friend (this is all that parental types and squares would be aware of); for the 'counter-culture', their realm of knowledge would also include soft-drugs and so they would 'get' the second level of meaning; then, for the well-educated or those with a religious background, the third-level meaning of Mary and The Warning becomes available.

    The lyricist becomes an artist, and the lyrics become art, to the extent that these different 'meanings' can be supported with other lines laces with two and three-way meanings. In addition to those meanings identified here, the author--more than likely--also has a personal meaning...plus the progression of the stanzas will have a macro-meaning pointing toward an overall meaning--perhaps a stance on the counter-culture, establishment, religion or the idea of salvation via escape from isolation whether in the form of a girl-friend, mind-altering trip or appearance of the divine.

    Whatever that salvation is, it is fulfilling...it transforms the empty into refreshing sweetness; which, of course, is something we're seeking (until we have children--ha!), i.e., something in our lives which rids us of our singular isolation and fills us with a zest for life...now my empty cup tastes as sweet as the punch...
    WoodmanBrownon July 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe shankr is smoking something. I have read many comments on songfacts.com and believe it probably is a reference to marijuana. The lyrics are unbelievably vague and yet very colorful and full of life. The Association deserves credit for the classic version with great harmonies. The lead singer is perfect. I cannot blame him that I could never understand the lyrics until I printed them off recently. It would be almost impossible for anyone to spit these words out clearly. Thanks Tandyn Almer, wherever you are.
    songeron March 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentof course it's about getting high; of course it's about Blessed
    Virgin Mary; of course it's about some foxy chick who can
    take your mind off anything - the genius of the art is that
    all the interps are up to you, the observer - Tandyn Almer,
    like John Lennon, James Taylor, Springsteen, or any
    good writer, can get his idea or concept across as well
    as giving you something to think about
    rockboy52on December 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is merely a "slice of life." This man is troubled by all the corruption of his "world." Then along comes Mary - at first she seems pure as the driven snow. But as he continues to see her, the true heartbreaker that she is and how she simply uses men and tosses them aside. It is a warning to other men to stay away from Mary, if you can...
    Oh and "empty cup sweet as the punch" refers to his lack of love (empty cup before Mary comes along) the "punch" is cupids arrow...sweet.
    studjoeon September 13, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you go on youtube to the reunion concert, they say it is about pot. youtube.com/…
    genelongon March 23, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you go to youtube reunion concert, they say clearly it is about pot. youtube.com/…
    genelongon March 23, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Mary" is a reference to marijuana. Like "Cracklin' Rosie" of Neil diamond fame, which is rose wine, mary is a mind changing friend. "And does she want to give me kicks, and be my steady chick", "And does she want to set them free, and let them see reality
    From where she got her name"
    oldriffon May 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOldriff got it right!All of us knew Mary was a metaphor for weed.
    The funny thing was that The Association was one of the STRAIGHTEST groups around back then.They pulled a "Nixon goes to China"trick on the world.
    Riverman94610on June 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthey weren't straight, man. They were stoners. This song was banned from the radio in the u.s. when it came out 'cos they knew what it was about back then. Just cos they wore suits doesn't make them straights.
    jackfouron June 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhatever the meaning, this song rules. They may have been the "straightest" act around, but to write such mind-altering lyrics like those must mean they were toking and smoking it up like Carl Sagan did before he wrote the Pale Blue Dot.
    OpinionHeadon October 11, 2007   Link

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