A songwriters notebook

With Mary by the Ocean (Revised)

I never walked with Mary by the ocean
Never held her hand
Never kissed her in the sand
Beneath the pier
Or heard June Christie sing
Willow weep for me
So sweet and clear

I never fell in love that magic summer
when she was sweet 16
and she had all her dreams
come true
 
Chorus
Mary's bright blue eyes are somewhere back in time
I am by her side
But she is on the Jersey shore
 
She calls me by a name I've never heard before
And it is plain to see
That in her memory
She loves him so
And for a little while
I get to see that smile
A gift from a man I'll never know

  

I wasn’t there to be her first true love
who went away to war
dying on a foreign shore
so far away
 
Repeat Chorus
 
Bridge
But I will be the man she loves
It's the least that I can do
In honor of a lifetime 
when I know that was true
 
I never walked with Mary by the ocean
But tonight I will
I'll stay with her until
She falls asleep
And what a lucky man am I
To be here by her side
Walking on the Jersey shore
What a lucky man am I 
To be here by her side
Walking on the Jersey shore 

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