Step It Out Mary lyrics

by Cu Chulainn

In the village of Kilgory, there's a maiden young and fair
Her eyes they shone like diamonds, she had long and golden hair
When the countryman came courtin', he came to her mother's gate
Ridin' on a milk–white stallion, he came at the stroke of eight.

Chorus:
Step it out Mary, my fine daughter
Step it out Mary, if you can
Step it out Mary, my fine daughter
Show your legs to the countryman (x2)

I have come to court your daughter, Mary of the golden hair
I have gold and I have silver, I have wealth beyond compare
I will buy her silks and satins and a gold ring for her hands
I will build for her a mansion, she'll have servants to command

Step it out Mary, my fine daughter
Step it out Mary, if you can
Step it out Mary, my fine daughter
Show your legs to the countryman (x2)

Don't you know I love a soldier, and I promised him my hand
I don't want your gold nor silver, I don't want your goods nor land
Mary's father spoke up sharply: You will do as you are told,
You'll be married on this Sunday, you'll wear the ring of gold

Step it out Mary, my fine daughter
Step it out Mary, if you can
Step it out Mary, my fine daughter
Show your legs to the countryman

Step it out Mary, my fine daughter
Step it out Mary, if you can
Step it out Mary, my fine daughter
Show your legs to the countryman (x2)

In the village of Kilgory there's a deep stream running by
And they found Mary there at midnight, she drowned with her soldier boy
In the cottage there is music, you can hear her father say:
Step it out Mary, my fine daughter, Sunday is your wedding day.

Step it out, Mary, my fine daughter
Step it out, Mary, if you can
Step it out, Mary, my fine daughter
Show your legs to the countryman

Step it out, Mary, my fine daughter
Step it out, Mary, if you can
Step it out, Mary, my fine daughter
Show your legs to the countryman (x3)

Song Details

Step It Out Mary

Composer&Lyricist: Sean McCarthy (1923 – 1990) - Irish songwriter from Finuge, County Kerry, Ireland,

Brief: The story of a beautiful maiden lass called Mary. One day, a wealthy countryman rides up to the gates on his white stallion and asks Mary's father for her hand in marriage with the promise of gold and silver and everything she could ever want. The father accepted and a wedding date was set. Mary was not interested as she was in love with a soldier boy and had promised herself to him. She was later found dead along with her lover in a deep stream nearby at around midnight on the day of her wedding.

References:
Kilgory - a townland of Kilnoe - a civil parish in County Clare, Ireland.

Category: Irish Folk

Other Recording Artists: The High Kings, The Dubliners, Screaming Orphans, Byrne and Kelly, Noel Mcloughlin, Malachi Cush, Marys Lane, Danny Doyle, The Galway City Ramblers, Patsy Watchorn...

Music: Step It Out Mary by Cu Chulainn is featured on the compilation album The Very Best of Irish Pub Songs, Vol 1 (Jan 01, 2011)

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