Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Ah Mary

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Maria/Marie/Mary.

From their 2007 album, This Is Somewhere. The song did not chart.

From the nytimes.com.

Like many classic rockers before her, Ms. Potter addresses politics metaphorically. The band’s minor hit “Ah Mary” mounts a furious accusation at a woman (a surrogate for a high-ranking politician?) who has “dirty money,” who “puts herself a notch above humankind,” and who will “bake you cookies, then she’ll burn your town.”

As Ms. Potter sang the words “She’s the beat of my heart, she’s the shot of a gun/She’ll be the end of me and nearly everyone,” she implicated herself in the imminent disaster, suggesting that there is a vengeful part of “Mary” in everyone.

Ah Mary

She’s skilled at the art of deception and she knows it
She’s got dirty money that she plays with all the time
Yeah, she waters the garden and maybe she just likes the hoses
She puts herself just a notch above human kind
Ah, Mary
She’ll bake you cookies then she’ll burn your town
Ah, Mary
Ashes, ashes but she won’t fall down
She’s the beat of my heart
She’s the shot of a gun
She’ll be the end of me
And maybe everyone
Yeah, she’s the beat of my heart
She’s the shot of a gun
She’ll be the end of me
And maybe everyone
Call her a bully, she’ll blow up your whole damn playground
Pour her a drink and watch it go straight to her head
She’ll take you so high up and cover her eyes as you fall down
Then in the morning, don’t be surprised if you’re dead
Ah, Mary
She’ll bake you cookies then she’ll burn your town
Ah, Mary
Ashes, ashes but she won’t fall down
She’s the beat of my heart
She’s the shot of a gun
She’ll be the end of me
And maybe everyone
She’s the beat of my heart
She’s the shot of a gun
She’ll be the end of me
And maybe everyone, oh, Mary
Yeah, she’s the beat of my heart
She’s the shot of a gun
She’ll be the end of me
And maybe everyone
Ah, Mary, Mary, Mary, America
Ah, Mary, Mary, Mary, America
Oh, America
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Grace Potter

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Joey

From their 2005 album, Nothing But The Water. The song did not chart. The live video was shot at Red Rocks in Colorado

Joey

I come home from workin’ hard
I pull up to my yard and there’s a man I used to know
He used to love me right
But then we had a little fight and now he’s on parole
Well, he’s lookin’ mighty mean
He’d like to cause a scene
Just hit reverse and pull out slow
And don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
And don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
He wears his shirt untucked
He’s got one eye covered up and he’s got a big ‘ol 44
He likes to drink ’til late and then he’ll break down your gate
And he’ll throw you to the floor
Well, he looks me in the eye
He’ll hit me ’till I cry
He’s tryin’ to get inside my door
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
Joey don’t treat me good no more
Well, well, well, well, well
You can’t even stop and shout
‘Cause it’s all over now
And there ain’t nothin’ left to say
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
He saw me with another man
But he did not understand that I grew up with him in the same crib
Joey started flaming red
He didn’t hear a word I said and now my brother’s got a broken rib
Well, the judge and jury all agreed
Joey did a dirty deed
And 50 years is what the order said
But don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
Joey don’t treat me good no more, no more
Well, he didn’t understand
The judge raised up his hand
And said, ? You’d better leave that girl alone, leave her alone?
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
Joey don’t treat me good no more, no more
That’s what I said
I said, don’t pay no mind, pay no mind
Pay no mind, pay no mind, pay no mind, pay no mind
No mind, pay no mind, pay no mind, pay no mind
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: POTTER GRACE / BURR MATTHEW P / DONDERO BRYAN / TOURNET SCOTT

Grace Potter And The Nocturnals – Paris (Ooh La La)

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams blog. This weeks theme is Floor/House/Roof/Walls.

From their 2010 self-titled album.

Paris (Ooh La La)

You got me down on the floor
So what’d you bring me down here for?
You got me down on the floor
So what’d you bring me down here for?
If I was a man I’d make my move
If I was a blade I’d shave you smooth
If I was a judge I’d break the law
And if I was from Paris
If I was from Paris
I would say
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
You got me up on your swing
So when you gonna shake that thing?
You got me up on your swing
So when you gonna shake that thing?
If I was a man I’d make my move
If I was a blade I’d shave you smooth
If I was a judge I’d break the law
And if I was from Paris
If I was from Paris
I would say
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
If I was a man I’d make my move
If I was a blade I’d shave you smooth
If I was a judge I’d break the law
And if I was from Paris
If I was from Paris
I would say
Oh la la la la la la la
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Grace Potter