Bringing Mary Home

This is an online fiddle lesson for the country ballad "Bringing Mary Home." is your best source for Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

Genre: Country
Skill Level: Beginner
Key of G

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the country ballad "Bringing Mary Home."

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"Bringing Mary Home" was written by John Duffy, Chaw Mank, and Joe Kingston.  It was recorded by Red Sovine and also The Country Gentlemen.

source: Metrolyrics

Bringing Mary Home

I was driving down a lonely road on a dark and stormy night
When a little girl by the road side showed up in my head lights
I stopped and she got in the back and in a shaky tone
She said my name is Mary please won't you take me home

She must have been so frightened all alone there in the night
There was something strange about her cause her face was deathly white
She sat so pale and quiet there in the back seat all alone
I never will forget that night I took Mary home

I pulled into the driveway where she told me to go
Got out to help her from the car and opened up the door
But I just could not believe my eyes the back seat was bare
I looked all around the car but Mary wasn't there

A small light shown from the porch a woman opened up the door
I asked about the little girl that I was looking for
Then the lady gently smiled and brushed a tear away
She said it sure was nice of you to go out of your way

But thirteen years ago today in a wreck just down the road
Our darling Mary lost her life and we miss her so
So thank you for your trouble and the kindness you have shown
You're the thirteenth one who's been here bringing Mary home
You're the thirteenth one who's been here bringing Mary home
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    Ooooh, chills, one of the great ones ! Such nice story almost brings tears to my eyes, good job John, love it.
    It s one song I do remember how to sing and play along from the Bluegrass Alaska days,mthanks for reminding me, got to perform this one for the country gents and ladies on Sunday.
    Nice timing on this one ,


    Always loved this piece.  Thank you for tabbing it and I’ll be working on it very soon.   Enjoy the way you did it too.

    John (BGD)John (BGD)

    Thank you Ralph!


    All that’s showing up here under ‘tabs & notes’ is the intro…am I missing something? (Windows 7 & Firefox)

    John (BGD)John (BGD)

    Actually this is only the turnaround for “Bringing Mary Home,” assuming that a singer is singing the verses. I guess I need to teach the song so non-singers can play along!


    I was thinking of playing the accompaniment for the singer.  I guess you could just cord & improvise, but it would be nice to have the tune…

    John (BGD)John (BGD)

    That would be a good addition. I need to teach more backup!

    Nancy BitterNancy Bitter

    My friend and I will be singing this at the local open jam…..I was struggling to play this along with her on guitar, but now, I am gonna do it!!!..PS—-My finger tips are very sore practincing Boil them cabbage down using double stops. I do much better with shuffle but am determined to learn the double stops. New at this web site but lovin it!


    Great song! One of the earliest I started playing and singing to.

    John (BGD)John (BGD)

    Thanks Nancy! If you get a chance, upload a video to YouTube then drop the link into our “Lion’s Den” forum for review. 🙂

    Nancy BitterNancy Bitter

    can you transpose this to key of A? Just the intro like before? thanks

    John (BGD)John (BGD)

    No problem! I’ve added it to the page.


    Just perfect beginner, especially for me

    Gunnar SalyerGunnar Salyer

    Love this song. But it almost makes me cry😥

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