Along Comes Mary

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About Along Comes Mary

"Along Comes Mary" is a song composed by Tandyn Almer, originally recorded in 1966 by the Association, and released on their debut album And Then... Along Comes the Association. It was their first hit and reached number seven on the U. S. charts. "Along Comes Mary" is sung from the point of view of a once-disillusioned young man talking about the "tribulations no one ever sees" and who "curse[s] those faults in me." The singer believes Mary gives him comfort and improves his life. An acquaintance of Almer claimed in an interview that "Mary" refers to marijuana, though it is unclear if Almer ever confirmed this. In the Young People's Concert titled What Is a Mode?, Leonard Bernstein explained that the song was composed in the Dorian mode. The song has been covered by several artists, most notably the Bloodhound Gang. 


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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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
Sweet as the punch

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Bloodhound Gang

Bloodhound Gang is a Collegeville, Pennsylvania-based American band, beginning as a rap group but gradually changing its genre throughout the years. Their songs typically have humorous and off-beat, satirical lyrics that often deal with sexual subjects and contain many puns and innuendos. more »

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Written by: TANDYN ALMER

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10 facts about this song

Song Origination
"Along Comes Mary" was first recorded by the American sunshine-pop band "The Association" and it was included in their debut studio album "And Then... Along Comes the Association" in 1966.
The song was not written by any members of "The Association" but by Tandyn Almer, a pop songwriter and musician who also worked with several other big names of the '60s like The Beach Boys.
Chart Success
"Along Comes Mary" reached number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it one of "The Association's" biggest hits.
Controversial Speculation
The lyrics of the song sparked some controversy at the time as due to the suggested drug references in the song. Some thought "Mary" might be a coded reference to marijuana, but songwriters and band members have always denied these assumptions.
Cover Version
Bloodhound Gang, an American rock band, covered "Along Comes Mary" in 1996, thirty years after the song’s original release.
Album Inclusion
The Bloodhound Gang's cover of "Along Comes Mary" was included in their second studio album "One Fierce Beer Coaster" released in 1996.
Music Style
The Bloodhound Gang's version of "Along Comes Mary" has a distinctive alternative rock and rap rock style that is significantly different from the original sunshine pop version by "The Association".
Music Video
The music video for "Along Comes Mary" by the "Bloodhound Gang" contains scenes of the band's members performing in a church, intercut with footage from the John Waters film "Pecker".
Notable Performances
One of The Association's most notable performances of "Along Comes Mary" was at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, one of the key events of the Summer of Love.
Song Length
"The Association's" version of the song runs approximately 2:52 minutes long, whereas the "Bloodhound Gang's" cover is significantly longer, running about 3:20 minutes.

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