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Poor Mary sits a-weeping
Last updated: 24.01.17
"Poor Mary sits a-weeping" is another of my mother's songs you can find in A Mum's (Mostly Musical) Memories. This is a playground song which she learned in a children's home Worcester when she was 5- or 6-years old. When singing this song the children would dance round in a circle in the middle of which "Poor Mary" would be standing. the song gets to "Who will be your lover?" the dancing stops and "Poor Mary" picks a "over" from the ring and changes places with her or him. The "lover" my some strange magic only known to little girls, the lover is transformed into "Poor Mary" and off goes the song again!. Little boys could never work that one out, I'm sure.
Poor Mary sits a-weeping, a-weeping, a-weeping.
Poor Mary sits a-weeping on a cold and frosty morning.

Pray what are you a-weeping for, a-weeping for, a-weeping for,
Pray what are you a-weeping for on a cold and frosty morning?

I'm weeping for my lover, my lover, my lover,
I'm weeping for my lover on a cold and frosty morning?

And who will be your lover, your lover, your lover,
And who will be your lover on a cold and frosty morning?

Now you're married you must obey,
You must be true in all you say.
You must be kind and you must be good,
And help your wife to chop the wood.