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Pearl Jam Crazy Mary (Victoria Williams) Lyrics

Last updated: 09/25/2010 11:00:00 AM

She lived on a curve in the road, in an old tar-paper shack
On the south side of the town, on the wrong side of the tracks
Sometimes on the way into town we'd say:
"Mama, can we stop and give her a ride?"
Sometimes we did but her hands flew from her side
Wild eyed, crazy Mary

Down a long dirt road, past the Parson's place
The old blue car we used to race
Little country store with a sign tacked to the side
Said "No L-O-I-T-E-R-I-N-G allowed"
Underneath that sign always congregated quite a crowd

Take a bottle, drink it down, pass it around
Take a bottle, drink it down, pass it around
Take a bottle, drink it down, pass it around

One night thunder cracked mercy backed outside her windowsill
Dreamed I was flying high above the trees, over the hills
Looked down into the house of Mary
Bare bulb blown, newspaper-covered walls, and Mary rising up above it all

Next morning on the way into town
Saw some skid marks, and followed them around
Over the curb,through the fields, into the house of Mary

That WHAT you fear the most, could meet you halfway
That WHAT you fear the most, could meet you halfway
Take a bottle, drink it down, pass it around
Take a bottle, drink it down, pass it around
Take a bottle, drink it down, pass it around

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crazy humanity | Reviewer: daddy brian m. | 9/24/10

That which you fear the most could meet you halfway, when do we regain the respect for ourselves before the calamity hits? Crazy Mary is a reminder to us all that can still comprehend our actions that its never to late to turn things around. Roger Waters said it greatly they flutter behind you your possible pasts some bright eyed and crazy some frightened and lost a warning to anyone still in command of there possible futures to take care. Crazy Mary is who we are and who we choose to be, and its refreshing to meet those who care about others and themselves enuff to act in behalf of humanity

Funny how words remind us all | Reviewer: Phil | 4/6/08

These lyrics remind me of a lady who lived near me. People thought she was strange and would taunt her whenever they saw her. Although I never joined in, I never spoke up for her. Some years later she died and when they emptied her house they found all the memories of her dead daughter. Made me realise and others that everyone has a history and experiences that make the way they are. To this day I wish I could have had the courage to speak up at the injustice. Changed my life forever. Pearl Jam capture it perfectly. I will never forget her and will always defend anyone who needs help now.

rem | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/21/08

I love the song. Great tune, great lyrics, and easy for those not vocally gifted to sing along with. My 11 year old son likes it too and wanted me to clarify the lyrics "mercy backed outside" and "bare bulb blown." Now we know what to sing there. He points out the irony of the sign with the congregated crowd to his friends.

My Mother | Reviewer: Tori | 11/23/07

This song reminds me of my mother. My mother was a wierd person and she would sit at the kitchen with a smoke in one hand and a bottle in the other playing this song over and over again....

My Mother Drank Herself To Death And When My Older Sister Found Her The Song Crazy Mary Was Playing And She Was Lying On The Floor With An Empty Bottle Beside Her.

Crazy (Beautiful) Mary | Reviewer: George | 8/1/07

Whenever I hear this song, I think about this old black lay I met years ago outside of Hazlehurst, Mississippi. I was driving around taking photographs and came upon her little house on the side of the road. It a small shack, but throughout the yard, she had these incredible painted images of divine images. She had literally turned her home place into an altar. It was amazing. I asked her if I could photograph the images and her, and she agreed. But I also realized she wasn't all there. But the strange thing was even though she was addled, there was this incredible beauty within her weathered frame. She took me inside her little shack to look around, and I can remember the feeling of peace and serenity that I felt while in there. I still have the photographs of her that I took more than 20 years ago. For me, Mary embodied some "crazy wisdom" that was beyond me, but when I hear Pearl Jam's great version Williams beautiful song, I'm reminded of my own "Crazy (Beautiful) Mary."

Crazy Mary | Reviewer: bryson | 6/14/07

This song is my favorite by PJ. It reminds my of a girl when I was in high school. I never spoke to her, but I always wanted to. Now that it's been 13 years later I wonder about her and how she is today.