Dana Clark Music

Dana Clark: Vocals, guitar
Writer: Dana Clark

Lyrics

 

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After I moved to Chicago, I'd return to play in Carbondale once in awhile, and I'd always stop in at Mary Lou's.  I'd take my guitar, stand up on the counter, and get the whole place to sing the Mary Lou song with me.  The song was always good for a free meal! 

                                                                                                                            

 

Mary Lou's Cafe
Copyright 1979 Dana Clark

Well, out one night to shake my blues

I headed down to Mary Lou’s

A greasy spoon that was second to none

Get a bite to eat and have a little fun


There was soup on the stove and pie on the shelf

And there was good old Mary Lou herself

Over by the griddle just raisin’ hell

With a job to do and a story to tell


CHORUS:  Mary Lou—oooooooo

Real home cookin’ like your mama’s best

Real good lookin’ as you mighta guessed 

                         
Mary Lou



She’d be doing so much you just couldn’t keep up

Frying bacon and eggs, filling coffee cups

Cooking forty three meals at the very same time

Clearing off the counter making change for a dime


She’d keep a dozen conversations going all at once

Listen to your troubles as she cooked your lunch

Balance eighteen orders in the palm of her hand

Give you all you can eat ‘til it was all you could stand

CHORUS:  Mary Lou—oooooooo

Swear you gone to heaven after just one bite

Guaranteed to give a dying man an appetite

Mary Lou


Well, it wasn’t very long ‘til we observed

She began to get the recognition she deserved

Barbara Walters came to town to do an interview

And there was Mary Lou on the five o’clock news


On her birthday Jimmy Carter helped her celebrate

By proclaiming it a national holiday

They put her in the latest book of Who’s Who

Gave her the Nobel Prize for her chicken stew


CHORUS:  Mary Lou—oooooooo

Real home cookin’ like your mama’s best

Real good lookin’ as you might have guessed

Mary Lou—oooooooo

Swear you gone to heaven after just one bite

Guaranteed to give a dying man an appetite

Mar Lou


But early every morning you’ll still find her there

But you’ll be lucky if you find yourself a chair

She’ll be over by the griddle just raising hell

With a job to do and a story to tell


CHORUS:  Mary Lou—oooooooo

Real home cooking like your mama’s best

Real good looking like you might have guessed

Mary Lou—oooooooo

Swear you gone to heaven after just one bite

Guaranteed to give a dying man an appetite

Got more fire than a stick of dynamite

Mary Lou

Mary Lou

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Larry Millas at Tanglewood Recording Studio, Brookfield, Ill. Produced by Gary Filip. Dana Clark: Vocal, guitar. Gary Filip: 12-string guitar, spoons. Francois D. Lux: Dobro. Doug Mazique: Bass guitar. Chris Miller: Fiddle. Stewart Nevitt: Drums. Harmony vocals: Everybody.