James and Maryann

from by Kathleen Dooley

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Music and Lyrics by Kathleen Dooley


James and Maryann
Lyrics and Music by Kathleen Dooley

He walked into the yard
A new school, a new place
A brave third-grader, the new kid named Jim
She passed the crossing guard with a kind smile and grace
And he knew right there Maryann should be with him

That time as he looked back
Their love was like an attack
Crashing like thunder before a storm’s great span
Soon the magic of a kiss
That wonderful bliss
Began the story of the love of James and Maryann

For her, school ended fast
Tenth grade, she barely passed
As a new mom, Maryann grew awful quick
Jim married her that fall
Worked the mill to provide all
Their new grown-up lives felt like a cruel trick

But that time as he looked back
Feeling always under attack
Working hard each day, doin’ the best they can
Soon the trouble they’d go through
Tested everything they knew
In the the story of the love of James and Maryann

Jim spends sunset in the yard
With the last year being so hard
He finds comfort when he imagines sitting with her
The kids come everyday
And the grand kids laugh and play
Filling the house with joy, but it’s not the way they were

And now when he looks back
The love is still in tact
With its ups and downs like a brilliant grand plan
The magic of that kiss
He’s so grateful he never missed
The beginning of the love of James and Maryann

The magic of that kiss
He’s so grateful he never missed
The story of the love of James and Maryann


from Lost in My Skyfront, released April 10, 2016
All instruments and vocals - Kathleen Dooley



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Kathleen Dooley Aurora, Illinois

Kathleen has been involved in theater productions for over 25 years by performing, writing, composing, costuming, contributing arrangements, directing, or creating sound design. She has scored over 10 full theater productions and recorded countless video scores. She performs regularly with acoustic trio, Acoustic Alternatives, and has contributed original music and lyrics to fellow musicians. ... more

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