The Queen’s Four Marys waltz

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X: 1
T: The Queen's Four Marys
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
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Seven comments

Re: The Queen’s Four Marys

Interesting words to this tune, “ There are four Mary’s, tonight there will be but three.”
Mary , Queen of Scots was the lose her head that night. 1587. Oh well, you can’t win them all.

Re: The Queen’s Four Marys

Whoops, wrong century, Mary Hamliton, but then they were Scots and they only hung her. I am so embrassed. But then you get the idea, a sad song never the less.

Re: The Queen’s Four Marys

I wouldn’t feel embarrassed Frank. Its been a common misunderstanding, largely caused by historical mismatching and inaccurate references within the song.

Re: The Queen’s Four Marys.

the Queen she has 4 Marys. Tonight they’ll be but 3. There was Mary Beaton, Mary Seaton, Mary Carmichael, and me

Re: The Queen’s Four Marys

I always thought this song was about Mary Queen of Scots as well. Though I guess she wouldn’t be narrating it if she was about to be hung…

Re: The Queen’s Four Marys

“The four Marys” were ladies-in-waiting to Mary Queen of Scots, but their surnames were Seton, Beaton, Fleming, and Livingston: no Mary Hamilton or Carmichael. As Gobby said, there has been a but of historical tweaking going on! Let’s not let facts get in the way of a good song.
I don’t think Mary QoS narrates during the song - viz the verse about “last night I washed the Queen’s feet and put the gowd in her hair” and the other references to “She..” And then it mentions “the gallows” whereas we know that MQoS was executed - heid chopped off.