Holy Mary

John Schumann

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John Lewis Schumann (born May 1953) is an Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist from Adelaide. He is best known as the lead singer for the folk group Redgum, with their chart-topping hit "I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green)", a song exploring the psychological and medical side-effects of serving in the Australian forces during the Vietnam War. The song's sales assisted Vietnam Veterans during the 1983 Royal Commission into the effects of Agent Orange and other chemical defoliants employed during the war. Schumann was an Australian Democrats candidate in the 1998 Federal election, narrowly failing to unseat Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer for the Division of Mayo. more »


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There was always yelling at our house
And thumping against the wall;
Dad didn't like Mum very much, 
Mum didn't like Dad all
At night I lie awake 
and listen to their marriage break,
My little sister crying in the room next door
I knew I had to get away…get away

Put a thousand down on a V8 panel van,
A little bit of rego and a sloppy front end.
Three hours later, 120 through the main street of Tailem Bend 
and I was singing…

Holy Mary, pray for me,
In my hour of need

Sunshine, Melbourne, pastel morning,
The autobank's running low,
I got a job washing dishes in a Carlton restaurant, watching the hours go…
I met her in a rock and roll joint, where the carpet sticks to your shoes
The band was playing "I'm Beginning to Lie: I've Been Here Too Long Blues".
She said "If we travel to together, there's got to be a highway code,"
She threw her Adidas bag in the back of the van and we scooted up Sydney Road

And we were singing…
Holy Mary, pray for me,
In my hour of need

If I'd thought about it, I never would have done it,
I guess I would have let it slide.
If you listen to others, you never know where you stand
And the words of all those songs ring true
And they try to put the blame on you
You can only play with the cards that are in your hand…

We fel apart in a roadhouse
A little out of Nelson Bay,
I must have changed my mind about a thousand times before I drove away
But things always happen in circles
And the dust gets in your eyes…
The past's in the rear-vision mirror,
Don't think about tomorrow twice, just keeping singing

Holy Mary, pray for me…
In my hour of need…

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