#SLS — Pearl Jam — Crazy Mary

song lyric sunday


Jim Adams is the illustrious and ever gracious host of Song Lyric Sunday. Jim says:
Awesome, bitchin’, boss, copacetic, crazy, excellent, fabulous, hunky dory, keen, neat, phat, righteous, slamin’, slick, spiffy, sweet, wicked, uptight and outta sight are all ways of saying Cool/Groovy/Hip/Nifty/Radical/Swell which is our prompt for this week. 

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music

PJ with Jack Irons as drummer

Vs. is the second studio album by American rock band Pearl Jam, released on October 19, 1993 through Epic Records.[1] After a relentless touring schedule in support of their 1991 debut album Ten, Pearl Jam headed into the studio in early 1993 facing the challenge of following up the commercial success of its debut. The resulting album, Vs., featured a rawer and more aggressive sound compared with the band’s previous release. It was the band’s first collaboration with producer Brendan O’Brien and its first album with drummer Dave Abbruzzese.

Crazy Mary” was written by Victoria Williams. Victoria (born December 23, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter and musician, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, although she has resided in Southern California throughout her musical career. She is noted for her descriptive songwriting talent, which she has used to immerse the listener of her songs into a vivid feeling of small-town, rural Southern upbringing and life. One of her best-known songs is “Crazy Mary.”

In 1993, as Williams’ career was beginning to take off, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Because she did not have health insurance, an array of artists, including Pearl Jam, Lou Reed, Maria McKee, Dave Pirner, and Lucinda Williams, recorded some of Williams’ songs on CD for a benefit project called Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams. This led to the creation of the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a charity that aids professional musicians in need of health care.

Pearl Jam’s cover of the Victoria Williams song “Crazy Mary” (to which Williams herself contributed background vocals and guitar) was also recorded during the [Vs.] sessions. “Crazy Mary” appeared on the 1993 tribute album, Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, and later on the 2011 Vs. reissue, as a bonus track.

First played by Pearl Jam (PJ): May. 13, 1992
Last time played by PJ: Sep. 04, 2018
Number of times played by PJ: 164
First released by PJ: Jul. 06, 1993

Matt Cameron is on drums for this version, with Boom Gaspar on keyboards.

She lived on a curve of the road
In an old, tar-paper shack
On the south side of the town
On the wrong side of the tracks

Sometimes on the way into town we’d say
“Mother, can we stop and give her a ride”?
Sometimes we did
But her hands flew from her side
Wild eyed, crazy Mary

Down a long dirt road, past the Parson’s place
The old blue car we used to race
A little country store
With a sign tacked to the side
Said ‘No L-O-I-T-E-R-I-N-G Allowed’
Underneath that sign
Congregated quite a crowd

Take a bottle, drink it down, pass it around
Take a bottle, drink it down, pass it around
Take a bottle, drink it down, pass it
Pass it a, pass it around

One night the thunder cracked
Mercy backed outside her window sill
Dreamed I was flyin’ high above the trees
Over the hills
Looked down into the house of Mary
Bare bulb hung, newspaper-covered walls
And Mary rising above it all

Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

Next morning on the way into town
Saw some skid marks and followed them around
Over the curve, through the fields
Into the house of Mary

That what you fear the most
Could meet you halfway
That what you fear the most
Could meet you halfway

Take a bottle, drink it down, pass it around
Take a bottle drink it down pass it, pass it around (pass it around)
Take a bottle drink it down pass it, pass it a, pass it around
Pass it a, pass it around
(Take a bottle drink it down pass it, pass it around) oh yeah
Pass it
(Around) pass it
Pass it, pass it (around, around, around)
Around, around
Pass it around

Songwriters: Victoria Ann Williams

Here is Victoria’s version of her song:

11 Comments Add yours

  1. badfinger20 says:

    I really like the Williams version of the song. That’s a great thing they did for her and all artists in her situation.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I like her version also. First time hearing it was last night. I’m guessing she gets royalties every time they perform it and from every album they’ve made with that song on it. They’ve done many live albums with that song on it, I believe. PJ has done a world of good for a world of people over the years.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. badfinger20 says:

        I loved when they fought Ticket Master…and were only charging 20 bucks for admission.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          Yes, me too. They have their own foundation now.

          Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      One of my favorites of theirs. Didn’t know they didn’t write it until last night!


  2. ghostmmnc says:

    I’ve heard this one by Pearl Jam many times, but hadn’t heard Victoria Williams recording of it. I loved her video.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Same here, Barbara, on both things 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Hi I was never into Pearl Jam no particular reason but the back story to this song is just brilliant. I had never heard of Victoria Williams either but her version of the song grabbed me! Though sad it was just great. I am so pleased to read that she was helped by her fellow artists and that a charity has grown from this.
    Great choice and great blog 💜

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m glad you liked Victoria’s version. I found out all about this while researching for the post. I appreciate your kind comments, Willow. Thank you!


      1. willowdot21 says:

        It’s a pleasure I to chat and share new and old finds 💜

        Liked by 1 person

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