“Lady Mary (The Sad Song)”


"He came from his palace grand And he came to my cottage door... But I was nothing to him, Though he was the world to me." She desperately loved him; now he is dead, but she has no excuse for mourning. She wonders if, in heaven, he will still ignore her


This has been quite popular in the folk revival; it appears that most if not all of these versions derive from the May Kennedy McCord collected by Randolph and Hunter; she also gave it to Evelyn Beers. Bush's printing also derives from McCord. Thus although there are a few other versions of the song known (from Owens and Sandburg), if you've heard this song, the version you know almost certainly comes from McCord. - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "We Met, 'Twas In a Crowd"


  • Bud Skidmore, "The Sad Song" (Columbia 15761-D, 1932)


  1. Randolph 698, "The Sad Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 522-524, "The Sad Song" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 698)
  4. Roud #6358
  5. BI, R698


Alternate titles: “Palace Grand”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (collected by Sandburg)
Keywords: death love beauty
Found in: US(So)