“Lazy Mary (She Won't Get Up)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914
Keywords: dialog humorous mother family courting
Found in: US(MW,NE,So)

Description

The mother calls the girl, but she "won't get up, she won't get up, she won't get up today." The mother makes various offers to entice the girl; she refuses each one. Finally a young man is offered, and the girl rises.

Supplemental text

Lazy Mary (She Won't Get Up)
  Complete text(s)

          *** A ***

Lazy Mary

From W. W. Newell, Games and Songs of American Children, item
#32, pp. 96, perhaps from New York

"Lazy Mary, will you get up,
Will you get up, will you get up?
[Lazy Mary, will you get up,]*
  Will you get up to-day?"

"What will you give me for my breakfast,
  If I get up, if I get up,
  If I get up today?"

A slice of bread and a cup of tea....

No, mother, I won't get up...

[Missing verse calling Mary to supper]

A nice young man with rosy cheeks...

Yes, mother, I will get up....

* The sheet music includes this line, which is certainly the
way I remember the song, but the printed text below omits
it.

          *** B ***

What Will You Give Me If I Get Up?

From Louise Pound, American Ballads and Songs, #110, pp. 225-226.
Collected 1916 from Lucia Saxer of Mount Clare, Nebraska.

"What will you give me if I get up,
  If I get up, if I get up?
What will you give me if I get up.*
  If I get up today?"

"A slice of bread and a cup of tea,
  A cup, a cup, a cup of tea,
A slice of bread and a cup of tea,
  If you get up today."

"No, mother, I won't get up,
  I won't, I won't, I won't get up,
No, mother, I won't get up,
  I won't get up today."

"What will you give me if I get up,
  If I get up, if I get up?
What will you give me if I get up,*
  If I get up today?"

"A nice young man with rosy cheeks,
  With rosy cheeks, with rosy cheeks,
A nice young man with rosy cheeks,
  If you'll get up today."

"Yes, mother, I will get up,
  I will get up, I will get up,
Yes, mother, I will get up,
  I will get up today."

* Note the curious difference in punctuation in these identical
stanzas. Presumably the first is a typographical error.

Cross references

References

  1. Randolph 396, "She Won't Get Up" (1 text)
  2. LPound-ABS, 110, pp. 225-226, "What Will You Give Me If I Get Up?" (1 text)
  3. Linscott, pp. 31-33, "Lazy Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. ST R396 (Full)
  5. Roud #6561
  6. BI, R396