Mary, He'd Say

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"Mary," he'd say, "stay here with me
"And rest in the shade, a sycamore tree."
And "Mary," he'd say, "stay by my side
And keep me awake through the night."

When he looked my way, the sun shined for me,
And I felt like I deserved it.
But when he'd turn away, I felt so cold,
And I felt like I deserved it.

"Mary," he'd say, "back in three days,
Back in three nights, I just need some time."
And "Mary," he'd say, "I'll come to you first
The day that I make my return."

And when he looked my way, the sun shined for me,
And I felt like I deserved it.
But when he'd turn away, I felt so cold,
And I felt like I deserved it.

"Mary," he'd say, "open your eyes."
Blood on his hands. Blood at his side.
And "Mary," he'd say, "not even the tomb
"Could stop me returning to you."

"But Mary," he'd say, "I cannot stay.
Remember my face; remember my name."
"Mary..." he'd say, but I couldn't hear,
Loneliness ringing my ears.

'Cause when he looked my way, the sun shined for me,
And I felt like I deserved it.
But when he'd turn away, I felt so cold,
And I felt like I deserved it.

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from The Living Room, released July 1, 2016

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Koye Berry Baltimore, Maryland

Atlanta-born and Baltimore-based singer, songwriter, and pianist.

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