Burl Ives - Mary Ann Regrets Lyrics




I saved up my money to buy my sweetheart some flowers
For Saturday's date and I restlessly counted the hours
Then today in the mail I received this short little note
And I broke down inside at the message that her mother wrote

Mary Ann regrets she's unable to see you again
We're leaving for Europe next week, she'll be busy till then
They know that she loves me, but poor boys don't fit in their plan
Good-bye true love, good-bye my sweet Mary Ann

The weeks have gone by not a word have I heard since then
In the papers I read of the far away places she's been
I can't eat, I can't sleep for over and over again
My mind reads that letter and I cry for my Mary Ann

Mary Ann regrets she's unable to see you again
We're leaving for Europe next week, she'll be busy till then
They know that she loves me but poor boys don't fit in their plan
Good-bye true love, good-bye my sweet Mary Ann

My Mary Ann died, they said she just wasted away
If I could have seen her I know she'd be living today
For we loved each other and if they'd have left us alone
Today she'd be wearing my ring, not a blanket of stone

Mary Ann regrets she's unable to see you again
We're leaving for Europe next week, she'll be busy till then
They know that she loves me but poor boys don't fit in their plan
Good-bye true love, good-bye my sweet Mary-Ann





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  1. Michael Francolini

    yikes just found this 45 from who knows when, use to play it as a kid, my mom loved it too!! great old song, thanks Burl.

  2. John _Cave

    I was in grade school at the end of the 70s and the early 80s. I had Burl Ives 45s. Little White Duck was a favorite.

  3. Baskerville22

    Big Daddy was a great actor also. No "mendacity" here...

  4. John Benn

    WOW WOW WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    From a mad keen 76yo Aussie fan.

  5. R Law

    Burl Ives was quite the entertainer and a very versatile actor. Hard to imagine his playing the tough and strong minded rancher in the movie "Big Country."

  6. Alicia Rocke

    My mom was always singing this song while she did laundry

  7. N gate

    the voice of a character, in rudolph the raindeer, I think. cartoon in the 60s. Canadian folk singer.

  8. Kenneth Loomis

    I'm 80 years old, and I've loved this man all my life!!

  9. Benjamin Abbott

    I like at the beginning you hear a crashing notifacation

  10. Haweater

    My generation knows Burl Ives as the stop-motion animated snowman narrator in the "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" classic.

  11. John Jurkewicz

    I love listening to Great songs like is and I love it

  12. Joe Kelly

    & no one even knew of his whereabouts when he 'disappears' a while ago.

  13. Keith O'Neil

    I just love him singing this song beautiful

  14. David Weinfurtner

    I was a teen when Burl had out "Little Bitty Tear" and "It's My Funny Way of Laughing." I sang those songs over and over again because they were 2 of my most favorite songs. I love his smooth voice.

  15. m hirsch

    Her parents were right.  People should marry someone within their own social status.

    ALLEN KREYMBORG

    YOUR IDIOCY IS BEYOND SNOBBERY !

    john marlog

    have you forgotten to take your tablets

    Leanora Alo

    Can't blame you dear. Sure you were raised that way. There's a whole world out there you're missing🤦

    Leanora Alo

    Can't blame you dear if you we're raised that way. There's a whole world out there you're missing🤦😰

    binaway

    Someone in the same social class can still be a sociopath. Insanity, dishonesty and kleptomania are not restricted to any one social order.

  16. David George Menard

    I love this singer Burl Ives ... I remember him when I was a KID! DGM/

  17. Ian BEADLE

    Long time gone, long time remembered.

  18. Mr Perdue

    One of my dads favorite songs RIP dad I miss you so much.

  19. Edward Adams

    poor Mary Ann ...awesome

  20. Pete Smith

    The best version of this great song.

  21. 4string59

    I'm still hunting for Burl Ives' version of "The Fox Went Out On A Chilly Night'. Impossible to find.

    TV Andmusicfan

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSaTOI7u8Ds

    john marlog

    the title is "the fox"

  22. Jeffrey Baker

    This song reminds a little of the 1965 hit "Down In The Boondocks" by Billy Joe Royal.  Meaning the lines in the song and what it relates to.  Meaning this Mary Ann is in a "rich" family and Burl is a "poor boy". 

    dingodancer

    I loved that song Down In The Boondocks...my mates at the time thought I was weird. Shit happens when ya 10.

  23. JOHNNY LINDEN

    Brul Ives is AWESOME. He sings the best ever version of Mary Ann Regrets. He sings a great song called 40 Phatoms Down Lies The Gold, but you can't find it on you tube yet. God Bless Burl Ives.

    John1948TwoC1

    Thanks for the comment.  I'm going to look for 40 Phatoms Down Lies The Gold!

    John1948TwoC1

    Here ya go Johnny.  You had the titled wrong - It's Sixteen Fathoms Down.  youtube[DOT]com/watch?v=TBMIf1zfzS4  Just replace [DOT] with a period and the link should get you there.