Down by the Oyster Barges

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DOWN BY THE OYSTER BARGES
© Bob Wright
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I dreamed I danced with Mary Mallon,
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Typhoid Mary… Typhoid Mary
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Dreamed I danced with Mary Mallon
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Down by an oyster barge

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She stepped so light I could hardly catch her
Hardly catch her, hardly catch her
Stepped so light I could hardly catch her
Down by an oyster barge

And the boys all said don’t dance with Mary
Typhoid Mary… Typhoid Mary
Said don’t dance with Typhoid Mary
Down by an oyster barge

But she kicked so high I could see her stockings
See her stockings, see her stockings
Left my heart and knees a knocking
Down by an oyster barge

We’d dance for a while and we’d eat a dozen
Eat a dozen, eat a dozen
She said oysters were for lovin’
Down by an oyster barge

Before too long I was feeling queasy
Feeling queasy, feeling queasy
Mary said she had to leave me
Down by an oyster barge

So if you go down to the oyster barges
Oyster barges, oysters barges
Don’t you dance with Typhoid Mary
Down by an oyster barge

Cause I dreamed I danced with Mary Malllon
Typhoid Mary… Typhoid Mary
Woke up with my stomach rollin’
Down by an oyster barge

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from The Oyster Aristocracy, released January 1, 2009

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Bob Wright/ Harbortown New York, New York

He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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