Oh Mary Don't You Weep

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

Played by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter at Brigid Meier's 16th birthday party in 1961.

Chorus
Oh Mary don't you weep, don't you mourn
Oh Mary don't you weep, don't you mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
Oh Mary don't you weep

Well if I could I surely would
Stand on the rock where Moses stood
Pharaoh's army got drowned
Oh Mary don't you weep

[chorus]

Well brother [?] [high up] on the cross (note 1)
You [put my slip] and you [sold] my loss
Pharaoh's army got drowned
Oh Mary don't you weep

[chorus]

I went down in the valley to pray
My soul got happy and I stayed all day
Pharaoh's army got drowned
Oh Mary don't you weep

[chorus]

I know a [?] stood on the [heathen] shore
I smite in the water with a two by four
Pharaoh's army got drowned
Oh Mary don't you weep

[chorus]

Well one of theses nights 'bout twelve o'clock
This old world is gonna reel androck
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep

[chorus]
[chorus]
Notes
(1) this verse is very hard to make out, and doesn't appear in any of the other versions I can find.

This is one of the traditional, fuller versions:
Well if I could I surely would
Stand on the rock where Moses stood
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep

Oh Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
Oh Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
Oh Mary don't you weep

Well Mary wore three links of chain
On every link was Jesus' name
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep

[chorus]

Well one of theses nights 'bout twelve o'clock
This old world is gonna rock
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep

Well Moses stood on the Red Sea shore
And smote the water with a two by four
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep

[chorus]

Well old Mr. Satan he got mad
Missed that soul that he thought he had
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep

Brothers and sisters don't you cry
They'll be good times by and by
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep

[chorus]

God gave Noah the rainbow sign
Said no more water but fire next time
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep

[chorus]
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Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     26 May 1961 Before The Dead Bob and Jerry


 


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