mudcat.org: ADD: Mary Parker's Lament (Judy Small)
Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


ADD: Mary Parker's Lament (Judy Small)

DigiTrad:
MOTHERS, DAUGHTER, WIVES


Related threads:
Lyr Req: Mothers, Daughters, Wives (Judy Small) (40)
Judy Small no longer performing - 2015 (5)
Lyr Req: Portrait of Margot Berard (Judy Small) (6)
Judy Small Song re Grandchildren (3)
Lyr Add: From the Lambing to the Wool (Judy Small) (9)
Tune Req: Mothers Daughters Wives (23)
Lyr Req: You Don't Speak for Me (Judy Small) (8)
Lyr Req: Under a Southern Sky (Judy Small) (7)
Lyr Req: Mothers, Daughters, Wives (6) (closed)


Whistlepenny 06 Feb 08 - 02:20 PM
Sandra in Sydney 06 Feb 08 - 11:40 PM
Susanne (skw) 07 Feb 08 - 06:15 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:



Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Parker's Lament (Judy Small)
From: Whistlepenny
Date: 06 Feb 08 - 02:20 PM

Didn't she also write "Mary Parker's Lament", about a young girl transported to Australia for stealing some cloth? That's a wonderful song too.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary Parker's Lament (Judy Small)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Feb 08 - 11:40 PM

Whistlepenny - she is a great songwriter & wrote the Mary Parker song, unfortunately there are no lyrics on her website


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: MARY PARKER'S LAMENT (Judy Small)
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 07 Feb 08 - 06:15 PM

Try My Songbook for the lyrics below and a little info.

MARY PARKER'S LAMENT
(Judy Small)

There's a little more grey in my hair nowadays
As I sit here watching my grandchildren play
And I wonder if they have the faintest idea
Of the life that their grandmother knew

It's oh and alas for you Mary my girl
To be torn from the life you knew half round the world
And never again to see home

It was back in the eighties, a younger girl then
With auburn hair flashing, I'd walk with my man
And he'd tell me the places he'd take me to see
If only that he had the means

But then I was with child and I saw him no more
In the pain of our parting I thought I should die
And I stole from my master some blankets and cloth
Just to keep me and baby alive

But 'twas all for nought for the baby he died
It felt like a part of me perished inside
And for stealing I's sent as a transport to sea
Never knowing for where I was bound

It's oh and alas for you Mary my girl
To be torn from the life you knew half round the world
And never again to see home

Seven long years was the sentence I bore
It felt like a lifetime as I came ashore
And I wept when I saw the life waiting for me
As a chattel, a whore and a slave

So I married a convict, the safer to be
From the soldiers and the freed men who chased after me
And for seven long years we did work for our keep
Ever dreaming of England and home

And the children I bore were the joy of my days
I longed for my mother to see them at play
And our hands grew rough from the scrubbing and dirt
And the sun turned our fair skins to brown

Then on ticket of leave we were granted some land
And worked it and ploughed it by sweat of our hands
And forgot about England except in our dreams
And called New South Wales our true home

And now here I sit watching my grandchildren play
And looking back over the length of my days
And it's clear in my mind is the Plymouth I knew
And I weep for my mother again

It's oh and alas for you Mary my girl
To be torn from the life you knew half round the world
And never again to see home


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 28 January 11:02 AM EST

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.