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Maria's Gone

[ Roud 3625 ; Ballad Index JRSF066 ; trad.]

Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles collected Maria's Gone on September 20, 1917 from Hillard Smith in Hindman, Kentucky (where many of the Ritchies attended the settlement school) and published it in their English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, Volume II, in the section Play-Party Games.

Jean Ritchie included Morning Come, Maria Gone with quite different verses in her book Singing Family of the Cumberlands (Oxford University Press, 1955) and recorded it in 1971 for her LP Clear Waters Remembered (Transatlantic XTRA 1123, UK, 1971; Geordie 101, USA, 1974).

Peter Bellamy sang Maria's Gone in 1985 on his EFDSS album Second Wind. He commented in the album's sleeve notes:

Another love which still holds me in thrall is the white folk music of Southern Appalachia. Kentucky's splendid Jean Ritchie was the physical medium through whom I first contacted that particular Summer Country and it is she I must thank for both Fair and Tender Ladies and Maria's Gone. I learned early on the inadvisability of trying to ape accents but elements of the thrilling mountain vocal style are hard to escape. Anyway, who wants to?

Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton sang Maria's Gone on their 2007 album Summer's Lonesome Tale.

Jon Boden sang Maria's Gone as the January 18, 2011 entry of his project A Folk Song a Day.

Melrose Quartet learned Maria's Gone from the singing of Jean Ritchie via Peter Bellamy. They sang it on their 2017 CD Dominion.

Lyrics

Hillard Smith sings Maria's Gone Peter Bellamy sings Maria's Gone

I wonder where Maria's gone,
I wonder where Maria's gone,
I wonder where Maria's gone
So early in the morning.

Mornin' come and Maria's gone,
Mornin' come and Maria's gone,
Mornin' come and Maria's gone
And it's early in the morning.

She has gone and I can't go,
She has gone and I can't go,
She has gone and I can't go
So early in the morning.

Oh she's gone and I can't go,
Oh she's gone and I can't go,
Oh she's gone and I can't go
And it's early in the morning.

Yonder she comes and it's how do you do,
Yonder she comes and it's how do you do,
Yonder she comes and it's how do you do
So early in the morning.

Mornin' come and Maria's gone,
Mornin' come and Maria's gone,
Mornin' come and Maria's gone
And it's early in the morning.

Give her a kiss and march on through,
Give her a kiss and march on through,
Give her a kiss and march on through
So early in the morning.

Never did I know her mind,
Never did I know her mind,
Never did I know her mind
And it's early in the morning.

Swing to the right, then to the left,
Swing to the right, then to the left,
Swing to the right, then to the left
Until you swing your partner.

Mornin' come and Maria's gone,
Mornin' come and Maria's gone,
Mornin' come and Maria's gone
And it's early in the morning.

Now we'll promenade, one, two, three,
Now we'll promenade, one, two, three,
Now we'll promenade, one, two, three
So early in the morning.

Trouble, trouble is my name,
Trouble, trouble is my name,
Trouble, trouble is my name
And it's early in the morning.

Mornin' come and Maria's gone,
Mornin' come and Maria's gone,
Mornin' come and Maria's gone
And it's early in the morning.