SONG OF THE DAY: The Association – “Along Comes Mary” (1966)



Rich Karfilis Recalls: This was a landmark song, not-too-subtly bringing the subject of marijuana into the public realm in 1966. The song’s unusual structure was hailed by Leonard Bernstein for its use of the Dorian mode, an ancient scale that was neither major nor minor. It was written by troubled genius Tandyn Almer — Mensa member, poet and bong inventor — whose only other famous song was a co-write of the Beach Boys “Sail On Sailor”. He ended up living in a van down by the river in Washington D.C. But those lyrics, man, either some of the best or worst of all time, depending on your viewpoint:

And when the morning of the warning’s passed, the gassed
And flaccid kids are flung across the stars
The psychodramas and the traumas gone
The songs are left unsung and hung upon the scars

And then along comes Mary
And does she want to see the stains, the dead remains of all the pains
She left the night before
Or will their waking eyes reflect the lies, and make them
Realize their urgent cry for sight no more

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When we met I was sure out to lunch
Now my empty cup tastes as sweet as the punch

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