Monday, June 22, 2009

Cry Cry Cry: O Mary Don't You Weep

Bruce Springsteen: O Mary Don't You Weep


O Mary Don't You Weep is a pre-Civil War era spiritual that calls to mind themes of liberation from bondage and the salvation that can come from faith. The narrative covers the raising of Lazarus from the dead, the parting of the Red Sea, and the promise of the rainbow. Each verse ends with Mary, don't you weep no more. Pharaoh's armies got drowned-ed. O Mary, don't you weep.

This song has been recorded countless times, by the likes of Pete Seeger, The Caravans, Burle Ives, and Bone Thugs 'n Harmony. I've heard several versions, but I only own one which is by Bruce Springsteen from his Pete Seeger Sessions album. I like this version a lot, and the video is also cool if you ever get a chance to see it.

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