(i tried my best to figure out what he's saying)

this is a tune for maryanne
died at birth in her grandfathers hands
if she were here now she would then understand
the notes we are playing,
the words we are saying
to her it would be just
la-da-da-la-da-dum (goes on to sing something like that)
there isn't a crossword that i can sing
because i've been blessed with a part in the play
but even if i don't make the curtain call
i was in the cast, and i signed the wall
i'll be the witch this time and then
next time it'll be you
you must believe that
after all maryanne
i would grow old and tall in this life,
but next time you'll be richer, you'll be taller

Lyrics submitted by justheather

Maryanne song meanings
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    General CommentBrilliant song! The way the notes dance with the lyrics give it a very chilling, introspective tone. Some minor changes to the lyrics:

    "If she were here now she wouldn't understand" - she's an infant and cannot comprehend the notes/lyrics

    "I'll be the rich one this time / And next time it'll be you" - implying he's going to make money from his performances...

    "and next time you'll be richer, you'll be taller" - just a minor change
    HeroShoton November 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne more minor correction on the lyrics: I think it should "There isn't a cross word that I can say," meaning basically, "there's nothing I can complain about, having gotten a chance to participate in the world" (unlike Mary Anne, who, as the song tells us, died at birth).

    On the lyrics "I'll be the rich one" and "you'll be richer": I don't think they're about making or having money, but rather about having a different kind of wealth, namely the chance to have experiences. This time around, the singer got to participate in the richness of life. MaryAnne, who was deprived of that opportunity this time around, will get it in another life.
    islanduniverseon December 17, 2010   Link

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