I MISS MY MARY
A threadbare alibi
A lifetime full of promise
Fell from my Mary's eyes
As she saw the screen door swing
The baby never woke
He lay cradled in her trembling
He lay safe and never knowing
What my leavin' would bring
I draw my pay down on the docks
I send it off to Mary
I might hold back a dollar
And wash this pain out of my back
But the pain keeps gettin' clearer
And Mary your face just keeps on fadin'
Now the light shines through this bottle
Memories all fade to black
Well. I'll see you out on the street tonight
I'm a lover of a drink, lover of a fight
Hold my own on the dark side of this town
Yes, I'm tough as nails, got a heart of steel
I will never fear, for I will never feel
And one more round would surely set me right
I miss my Mary tonight
They call me the old man in this bar
My sleeves rolled up and showin'
The faint blue souvenirs of love
And places I have been
One says "U.S. Navy"
And this one says "Darling Mary"
Now my Mary's turned to ashes
And the ocean's turned to gin