#00257
Mari-Mac (Great Big Sea) with lyrics and video
See also: Mary Mack (Traditional Scottish patter song)

         #162: YouTube video by GreatBigSeaOfficial ©2006
                             ~ Used with permission ~

There's a neat little lass and her name is Mari Mac,
Make no mistake, she's the girl I'm gonna track;
Lots of other fellas try to get her on her back,
But I'm thinking that they'll have to get up early.

Mari Mac's mother's making Mari Mac marry me,
My mother's making me marry Mari Mac;
Well I'm going to marry Mari for when Mari's taking care of me,
We'll all be feeling merry when I marry Mari Mac.

Now Mari and her mother are an awful lot together,
In fact, you hardly see the one without the other;
And people often wonder if it's Mari or her mother,
Or both of them together I am courting.

Mari Mac's mother's making Mari Mac marry me
My mother's making me marry Mari Mac
Well I'm going to marry Mari for when Mari's taking care of me
We'll all be feeling merry when I marry Mari Mac

Well up among the heather in the hills of Benifee
Well I had a bonnie lass sitting on me knee
A bumble bee stung me right above me knee
Up among the heather in the hills of Benifee

Mari Mac's mother's making Mari Mac marry me,
My mother's making me marry Mari Mac;
Well I'm going to marry Mari for when Mari's taking care of me,
We'll all be feeling merry when I marry Mari Mac.

Well I said, "Wee bonnie lassie, where you going to spend the day?"
She said, "Among the heather in the hills of Benifee;
Where all the boys and girls are making out so free,
Up among the heather in the hills of Benifee."

Mari Mac's mother's making Mari Mac marry me,
My mother's making me marry Mari Mac;
Well I'm going to marry Mari for when Mari's taking care of me,
We'll all be feeling merry when I marry Mari Mac.

The wedding's on Wednesday, everything's arranged,
Soon her name will be changed to mine unless her mind be changed;
And making the arrangements, I'm feeling quite deranged,
Marriage is an awful undertaking.

Mari Mac's mother's making Mari Mac marry me,
My mother's making me marry Mari Mac;
Well I'm going to marry Mari for when Mari's taking care of me,
We'll all be feeling merry when I marry Mari Mac.

Sure to be a grand affair, grander than a fair,
Going to be a fork and plate for every man that's there;
And I'll be a bugger if I don't get my share,
If I don't, we'll be very much mistaken.

Mari Mac's mother's making Mari Mac marry me,
My mother's making me marry Mari Mac;
Well I'm going to marry Mari for when Mari's taking care of me,
We'll all be feeling merry when I marry Mari Mac.

There's a neat little lass and her name is Mari Mac,
Make no mistake, she's the girl I'm gonna track;
Lot of other fellas try to get up on her back,
I'm thinking that they'll have to get up early.

Mari Mac's mother's making Mari Mac marry me,
My mother's making me marry Mari Mac;
Well I'm going to marry Mari for when Mari's taking care of me,
We'll all be feeling merry when I marry Mari Mac.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional Scottish patter song, Mary Mack ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Great Big Sea (Up, trk#4, 1995, WEA, Scarborough, Ontario); and (Road Rage, trk#16, 2000, Rounder Records, Cambridge, Massachusett); and (Courage And Patience And Grit: Great Big Sea In Concert, trk#22, 2006, Warner Music Canada, Toronto, Ontario).

The YouTube video above features a music video copyright ©2011 by Warner Music Group, Toronto, Ontario.


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