The Sweet Maries

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Debut self-titled release from Chicago's contemporary folk group, featuring singer-songwriter Amy Shoemaker on vocals and guitar, Susie Lofton on vocals and percusion, Jim Cox on bass, and Don Stiernberg on mandolin.

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released January 1, 2013

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The Sweet Maries Chicago, Illinois

Contemporary Indie-Folk Music: The soaring harmonies of Amy Shoemaker and Susie Lofton.

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Track Name: Fat Man's Holler
Waiting all day in Fat Man’s Holler
Meeting a man, gonna earn me a dollar
If he don’t come today, I’ll be here tomorrow

Lived all my life in Fat Man’s Holler
Married a girl had two sons and a daughter
I wish they’d come back today but I don’t think they’re gonna

Spend all my nights in the bar down the Holler
Drinking my way through every damn dollar
Walking back home alone each step taking me farther

See the birds fly away on this winter’s day
See the birds fly away………………

The last stop I make is the house on the corner
Losing myself with some girl from the parlour
Watching the sun come up as my life’s growing darker

See the birds fly away on this winter’s day
See the birds fly away
Track Name: Whose Girl is This?
Whose girl is this? Whose girl is this?
Was she smart, was she witty?
Was she loved, was she pitied?
Whose girl is this?

Whose heart is this? Whose heart is this?
Was it pink with lace upon it?
Did she keep it in a locket?
Whose heart is this?

Whose love is this? Whose love is this?
Was it bruised, was it busted?
Was it someone she once trusted?
Whose love is this?

Whose bed is this? Whose bed is this?
Was there laughter in the morning?
Did it hit her without warning?
Whose bed is this?

Whose pain is this? Whose pain is this?
Was it blue, was it borrowed?
Was it newly wed to sorrow?
Whose pain is this?

Whose life is this? Whose life is this?
Was it short, was it heavy?
Was it really necessary?
Whose life is this?

Whose life, whose pain, whose bed, whose love, whose heart,
Whose girl is this?
Track Name: Don't Look Back
Once again, he hurt me
Why does love always desert me?
Was it wrong for me to love him?
When will I start to forget him?
It feels so bad inside
To be taken for a ride
It isn’t foolish pride

Was it wrong for me to love him?
When will I start to forget him?
When will I start to forget him?
When will I start to forget him?
It ended up so sad
I tried to love, is that so bad?
I feel like I’ve been had

Don’t look back, that’s what they tell me
Don’t look back, that’s what they all say
Don’t look back, we won’t desert you
Don’t look back, he’ll only hurt you
I tried to make it strong
To see if love could last that long
The answer hurt, I came up wrong

Once again, he hurt me
Why does love always desert me?
Was it wrong for me to love him?
When will I start to forget him?
It feels so bad inside
To be taken for a ride
It isn’t foolish pride

Was it wrong for me to love him?
When will I start to forget him?
When will I start to forget him?
When will I start to forget him?
It always ends so sad,
I tried to love, is that so bad?
I feel like I’ve been had

Don’t look back, that’s what they tell me
Don’t look back, that’s what they all say
Don’t look back, we won’t desert you
Don’t look back, he’ll only hurt you
Don’t look back
Don’t look back
Don’t look back
Don’t look back
Track Name: Once You Were Mine
You’ll bring her flowers, you’ll whisper her name,
You’ll treasure the hours, she’ll do the same.

I’m glad you found her, that you’re over the moon.
I’d like to be happy, but baby, it’s a little too soon.

And when you kiss her, does it send shivers down her spine?
I ought to know, once you were mine.

I’m sure she loves you, I bet she’s lost her mind,
You can be so damn funny, you were always so kind.

Come Saturday morning, it’s breakfast in bed.
She’s probably laughing at something you said.

And when you kiss her, does it send shivers down her spine?
I ought to know, once you were mine.

Things are much better, to be perfectly clear,
I’m not going crazy, whatever you hear.

And when you kiss her, does it send shivers down her spine?
I ought to know, (once you were mine.)
I ought to know, (once you were mine)
I ought to know, once you were mine
Track Name: This Time
I’m listening for the sound
Of someone’s footsteps on the sidewalk coming round
The wind outside our door
It’s whistling like it’s done a hundred times before

But this time, you’re not here with me
And this time, it’s killing me

As the sunlight starts to fade
My mind keeps turning to the thoughts of yesterday
The memory of your touch
Just holding hands and walking, god, it meant to much

But this time, you’re not here with me
And this time, it’s killing me

I guess I’m trying to find the words to let you know
You’re in my heart for good, I’m never letting go

It’s freezing cold tonight
There’s an aching in my head, I yearn to hold you tight
But like the poets say
The seasons change and even good things die some day

The sun starts peeking through
I sit alone and start my new life without you
Your laugh, your gentle ease
The thought of losing you has brought me to my knees

But this time, you’re not here with me
And this time, it’s killing me

But this time, you’re not here with me
And this time, it’s killing me

I’m listening for the sound
Of someone’s footsteps on the sidewalk coming round
Track Name: 2 B the 1
I don’t want to be the one
The girl on the street who’s not having fun
I don’t want to question each thing that I’ve done
I don’t want to be the one

All of those nights with you
I can’t believe all the things we’ve been through
Now that it’s over I’m coming unglued
All of those nights with you
All of those nights with you

I won’t be the one who breaks
I’ve got to believe I have what it takes
I’m getting out now there’s no time for mistakes
I won’t be the one who breaks
I won’t be the one who breaks

I don’t want to hurt but I do
I don’t want to be the one who’s untrue
If I could change, that’s what I’d do
I don’t want to hurt but I do
All of those nights with you
Track Name: When You Talk To Me
It’s not right for you
But it’s so right for me
It feels like something new
You don’t feel a thing

If I mention “Blue”
You insist on “Gray”
What I’m asking you
You refuse to say

When you talk to me
Speak tenderly
That’s the way to be
When you talk to me

I wish I knew how to turn back time
Back to the good old days, when love was blind

Living beside you is pulling me down
I know you depend on me, but I’m about to drown

When you talk to me
Speak tenderly
That’s the way to be
When you talk to me

I’ve grown so cold there’s not much left to say
Once I find the door, I’ll just slip away

It’s not right for you
But it’s so right for me
Speak tenderly
When you talk to me
Oh, when you talk to me
That’s the way it’s got to be
When you talk to me, talk to me, talk to me
Track Name: Drink Up
In blue afternoons I cried alone
Four walls sound empty, it’s an old wooden home
The smoke from my fire, it billows and curls
In blue afternoons for this old country girl

My baby done left me to make it alone
It’s hard staying sober when there’s nobody home
Lord, why does it happen, it always happens to me
I’m drinking Wild Turkey, it’s just a quarter to three

Drink up, I’m a-riding away from you now
Drink up, you run off your sweet lovin’ gal
Drink up, it’s an old story, I’m not saying it’s news
I’m just a broken down woman with the afternoon blues

There’s nothing in this world ‘cept for meanness and cruel
And blue afternoons for this old country girl

Drink up, I’m a-riding away from you now
Drink up, you run off your sweet lovin’ gal
Drink up, it’s an old story, I’m not saying it’s news
I’m just a broken down woman with the afternoon blues

The mornings pass quickly when there’s something to do
I work hard pretending I’m gonna start in a-new
Lord, why does it happen, it always happens to me
I’m drinking Tequila, it’s just a quarter past three

Drink up, I’m a-riding away from you now
Drink up, you run off your sweet lovin’ gal
Drink up, it’s an old story, I’m not saying it’s news
I’m just a broken down woman with the afternoon blues

It’s an old story, I’m not saying it’s news
I’m just a broken down woman with the afternoon blues

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