Tune That Name: Mary

Tune That Name: Mary May 24, 2013

“I drop the needle and pray …”

Ave Maria,” Stevie Wonder
Maria,” Green Day
O Maria,” Beck

Marie,” Randy Newman
O Marie,” Daniel Lanois
Ah Mary,” Grace Potter and The Nocturnals
“Mary,” Huffamoose
Mary,” Sarah McLachlan
Mary Anne,” Marshall Crenshaw
Mary of Silence,” Mazzy Star
Mary of the Wild Moor,” Johnny Cash
Mary Queen of Arkansas,” Bruce Springsteen
Mary’s Place,” Bruce Springsteen
Proud Mary,” Creedence Clearwater Revival
Proud Mary,” Leonard Nimoy



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  • Persia

    Can’t forget The Wind Cries Mary.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Ave Mary A, P!nk

  • wanderingoutlaw

    Absolutely Sweet Marie – Bob Dylan (Happy 72nd birthday to Dylan!)
    Along Comes Mary – The Association
    The Ballad of Mary Magdalen – Cry Cry Cry
    The Ballad of Mary Magdalen – Richard Shindell
    I Love You, Mary Lou – Lonnie Johnson
    Marie – Michael Weston King
    Marie Laveau – Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band
    Marie Provost – Nick Lowe
    Mary – Patty Griffin
    Mary – The V-Roys
    Mary Catherine’s Ash Wednesday – Christine Kane
    The Mary Ellen Carter – Stan Rogers
    Mary Had A Baby – Roger McGuinn
    Mary Had A Little Lamb – Roger McGuinn
    Mary, Mary – The Monkees
    Oh Mary Don’t You Weep – Roger McGuinn
    Oh Mary Don’t You Weep – The Soul Stirrers
    Red Haired Mary – Foster & Allen
    Take A Message To Mary – Bob Dylan
    Virgin Mary – Roger McGuinn

  • thatotherjean

    Proud Mary – Ike and Tina Turner
    Hello, Mary Lou – The Everly Brothers
    Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Belafonte

  • Czanne

    Mary – Oingo Boingo

    S’all I got.

  • Anon

    My Maria, B.W. Stevenson.

  • Little Mary Sunshine – Rick Besoyan (from the musical of the same name, performed by Eileen Brennan and the rangers)

  • urbicande

    Blondie, “Maria

  • Daniel

    Cross eyed Mary- Jethro Tull
    That is all.

  • Dana

    Betsy Bell and Mary Grey–Steeleye Span (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QphofomhQh0)
    Four Marys–Jean Ritchie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrPTrkpO6EQ)
    Pretty Mary–Jimmie Driftwood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQwhtdMm-z4)
    Mary Blaize–Kate Rusby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPh7Dg1WQNA)
    Mary Hamilton–Joan Baez (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-Gx7EwN3VY)
    Morning Come, Maria Gone–Jean Ritchie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1_KXZ–atk)
    The Murder of Maria Marten–Shirley Collins & the Albion Band (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBVYotyxSdU)
    The Seven Joys of Mary–The Silly Sisters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6upO7YwhXw)

    There’s also “Willie and Mary” and “Red-Haired Mary,” traditional songs, but I can’t find versions I like on youtube….

  • anon

    Born to Run is really about Mary…

  • urbicande

    Ah, Gordon Lightfood, “The Mountains and Marian”

  • Val

    I *love* “Oh Marie”! But, “Cross-eyed Mary” didn’t make the cut?

  • Andy Sherwin

    Can’t forget Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women’s “Marie Marie”! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38GElwn7UKs

    (or the Blasters’, or Dave Alvin’s, or etc. etc. etc.)

  • Jen K

    Also Springsteen’s “O Mary Don’t You Weep”


  • SpaceOtter

    Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson

  • DarcyPennell

    “Mary (What Are You Waiting For)” recorded in 1926 by Paul Whiteman, with vocals by a very young Bing Crosby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCPML7qMEvQ

  • Tehanu

    I don’t know if it’s the same song — “Mary Anne” by Ian and Sylvia (“Fare you well, my own true love, Fare you well, my dear”)

  • SisterCoyote

    Oh hey, for once I actually have a song!

    They Call the Wind Mariah, from Paint Your Wagon

    (I have to say, I prefer Wandering Star, and have a soft spot for the number about Civilization, both mainly because of my grandfather; IIRC, this is his favorite movie.)

  • Kubricks_Rube

    O Maria – Beck

    Maria – Rage Against the Machine

    St. Mary – Rancid

    Maria, Maria – Santana

    Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty

    Maria – Wu-Tang Clan

    Something About Mary – Wyclef Jean

    Hail Mary – 2 Pac

    Hail Mary – 50 Cent/Eminem/Busta Rhymes

  • Will Hennessy

    I was gonna say, Fred was almost fired for not having this one on the list…

  • dr_ngo

    Did I miss “Maria” from West Side Story?

    And why mention Bob Dylan’s re-make of “Take a Message to Mary” rather than the earlier (original?) rendition by the Everly Brothers? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hkx_CDExfI

    And there are so many wonderful “Ave Marias” in the classical canon that they probably outnumber, as well as outshine, the pop songs listed here.

  • kcrothers
  • Maria

    Absolutely Sweet Marie – Bob Dylan
    Cross-Eyed Mary – Jethro Tull
    Hello Mary Lou – Ricky Nelson
    Help Me Mary – Liz Phair
    Jesus and Mary – Martha Wainwright
    Marie Antoinette Robot 2073 (A Rock Opera) – Sophe Lux
    Mary’s Place – Bruce Springsteen
    Mary Jane – Alanis Morissette
    Marry Ann – Regina Spektor
    Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    What’s the New Mary Jane – The Beatles
    The Wind Cries Mary – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

  • Amaryllis

    it’s a grand old name…

    …or so sang my grandfather to me, when I was very young…

    Maire Dhall – Derek Bell
    Maire Mor – Dervish
    A Mhairi Bhoidheach – Mary Jane Lamond
    Mo Mhaire – Clannad
    Maria – Lucinda Williams
    Maria’s Wedding – Black 47
    Marie’s Wedding – Van Morrison and The Chieftains
    Marie Celeste – Inge Thomson
    Sweet Marie – Jack Quigley
    Now Mary – White Stripes
    Mary of Murroe – Felix Doran
    Mary Shore – Dolores Keane and John Faulkner
    Four Marys – The Corries
    Mary’s Place – Bruce Springsteen
    O Mary Don’t You Weep – Bruce Springsteen

  • Theo Axner

    Maria – Folk & Rackare
    Maria – Green Day
    Maria Bartiromo – Joey Ramone
    Maria’s Bed – Bruce Springsteen
    Marianne – Tim Robbins, Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
    Absolutely Sweet Marie – Bob Dylan
    Absolutely Sweet Marie – Jason & the Scorchers
    Marie – the Supersuckers
    Sportiga Marie – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Mary and the Soldier – Paul Brady
    Mary and the Soldier – Bob Dylan
    Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand – the Who
    Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand – Petra Haden
    Mary of the 4th Form – the Boomtown Rats
    Mary of the Wild Moor – The Louvin Brothers
    Mary of the Wild Moor – Dolly Parton
    Mary of the Wild Moor – Bob Dylan
    Mary of the Wild Moor – Johnny Cash
    Mary Queen of Arkansas – Bruce Springsteen
    Mary’s Place – Bruce Springsteen
    St. Mary – Rancid
    Take a Message to Mary – the Everly Brothers
    Take a Message to Mary – Bob Dylan
    Whatever Happened to Mary – the Lurkers

  • Sharla Hulsey

    She’s pretty prominently featured in The River, too.

  • Sharla Hulsey

    Mary Anne – Marshall Crenshaw (maybe you don’t know it up, but look it up and you’ll have an instant earworm…)