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​Governor Pat Neff (Sweet Mary)

This song is by Lead Belly and appears on the album The Library Of Congress Recordings: Leadbelly - Gwine Dig A Hole To Put The Devil In, Vol. 2 (1991).

Mary, sweet Mary
Oh Mary, sweet Mary
Oh Mary, sweet Mary
Oh Mary, sweet Mary

Nineteen hundred and twenty-three, when the judge took my liberty away from me
In nineteen hundred and twenty-three, when the judge took my liberty away from me
I left my wife wringin' her hands and cryin', sayin', "Lord have mercy on that man of mine"
I left my wife wringin' her hands and cryin', sayin', "Lord have mercy on that man of mine"

Told my wife before I left the land, if I never no more see her do the best she can
I told my wife before I left the land, if I never no more see her do the best she can
Goodbye, Mary, ooh ooh ooh
Oh Mary, ooh ooh ooh

Had the Governor Neff like you got me, I'd a-wake up in the mornin', I'd set you free
If I had the Governor Neff like you got me, I'd a-wake up in the mornin', I would set you free
Goin' back to Mary, sweet Mary
Oh Mary