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The Good Ship Mary Ann, song
Words by Gus Kahn
Music by Grace Le Boy
Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York

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There’s a tiny black speck ‘way out on the sea,
There’s a big black speck on the pier,
The big black speck is strainin’ her eyes
And prayin’ for the little one to draw near,
It’s drawing closer, closer to the pier,
It’s a boat that brings her honey, dear
No use to hold her, no use to scold her,
She wants the world to hear her singing!

It’s the good ship Mary Ann Bringing back my lovin’ man,
Step aside and let me meet him, let me greet him!
Lordy, I could eat him!
Bless the captain, bless that crew,
Bless the dear old Mississippi, too!
For bringing back my lovin’ man,
On the good ship Mary Ann.
Bless the good ship Mary Ann!

Oh, supposin’ that he had missed yonder boat,
He’s been known to be late before,
I’ve counted ev’ry minute and hour
I’ve waited till I couldn’t wait any more.
The gangplank’s lower’d, see ‘em rush a shore,
There’s my honey now, I’ll weep no more!
Good bye to sadness, welcome to gladness,
What are your voices for but singing!


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