ives burl - "mary ann regrets"


- Burl Ives -
(C) I saved up my money to buy my sweetheart some (F) flowers,
For Sat-(G7)-urday's date and I restlessly counted the (C) hours;
To-day in the mail I received this C7) short little (F) note,
And I (G7) broke down and cried at the message her mother (C) wrote.
(C) Mary Ann regrets she's unable to see you (F) again,
We're leav-(G7)-ing for Euorpe next week, she'll be busy till (C)
I can't eat I can't sleep for over and (C7) over(F) again,
My (G7) mind reads that letter and I cry for my Mary (C) Ann.

The weeks have passed by not a word have I heard since then,
In the papers I read of the far away places she's been;
I know that she loves me, but poor boys don't fit in their plans,
Good-bye to love, good-bye to my Mary Ann.

My Mary Ann died, 'tis said she just wasted away,
If I had been with her I know she'd be living to-day;
I know that she loved me and if they'd have left us alone,
To-day she'd be wearing my ring, not a blanket of stone.