Mary’s Song

Mary’s Song

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There is some painful truth in this song. We were asked to take our son out of the Catholic school he went to in first grade as he “was a sinner and destined to go to hell as he had two moms”. They (the parish priest and principal) did not want our family there at all - we corrupted the environment. They said the could not force us to leave but said it was in everyone’s best interest. They also said I was not welcome to attend mass.

So what did we do? I talked to some of the other families and the teachers and with their support of us and my son we stayed to the dismay of the priest. And I went to mass, sat in the front pew and went to reconnect communion from that priest and refused to sit down until he gave it to me - forcing him to make a scene in front of the whole congregation or giving in and giving me communion. We went through that routine every week and every week he was forced to give in. Since then, however, it is hard to want to go to mass at all. My family was not Catholic, however, I elected to be part of the church in college. There are still parts about it I love - but not the social injustices and the patriarchal hypocrisy.

Lyrics: 

V1
my name is
Mary O’Malley
I was raised in
a good Catholic family
I went to the parish school
over the hill
where I studied hard
and I did very well

C
I went to mass every Sunday morn
for many years since the day I was born
but now I can’t go as I am scorned
by the very church that I once adored

V2
my name changed to
Mary Robertson
when I got married
and we had kids
they weren’t welcome at the school
over the hill
but were bullied and told
they would go to hell

C
I went to mass every Sunday morn
for many years since the day I was born
but now I can’t go as I am scorned
by the very church that I once adored

B
but I don’t think it matters to God above
about who I kiss and who I love
why do so many people
have to judge
who I am and
the woman I love

C
I went to mass every Sunday morn
for many years since the day I was born
but now I can’t go as I am scorned
by the very church that I once adored



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Comments

Yeah the church, most of them at least, are so judgemental about the gay thing. What a shame. It's be so refreshing for the church to get over themselves and review the real meaning if the scriptures. They used they same crap to say God hated interracial marriage. Oh but, yeah the song. Good flow. Good story development. I like how you wait til the end to reveal that May is lesbian. Keeps you wondering why they church abandoned her.

barbara's picture

Highlights the pain and rejection caused by bias, which cuts so deeply, especially when it messes with matters of faith. The words also have a compelling flow and rhythm throughout. A wonderful part of what will no doubt be a grand finale of songs to come!

mike skliar's picture

Sorry to hear about that horrible religious intolerance- shouldn't happen, of course.

This lyric is wonderful and cuts to the heart of things- great job!

cindyrella's picture

Very sorry for all that you've been through. They have it all wrong, of course. One reason why I go to a Universalist church. All are welcome and it is wonderful. Very moving song.