Our Lady of the Bronx (Black 47)

“Our Lady of the Bronx” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Our Lady of the Bronx” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Larry Kirwan.
Tune: Larry Kirwan.


Oh, Mary, Mary, I think I’m crackin’ up.
Everything is fallin’ apart.
My arms are empty and you have just put
A .45 slug through my heart.
I’ve been ridin’ the D Train all day and all the night,
And I just can’t seem to come down.
I wish I could reach you, but you’re so out of touch.
Now, you don’t even want me around.

Didn’t I do everything you asked me to?
Didn’t I give you everything you want?
So why are you always down there on your knees
Prayin’ to Our Lady of the Bronx?
Prayin’ to Our Lady of the Bronx.

Out on Decatur, a crowd is gathered ’round
A Hasidic hangin’ on a cross.
On his knees down in the gutter,
A Mayo man is blessin’ himself.
From deep inside a tenement building,
A Cuban woman raises her voice.
She’d just heard the news on Channel 11:
“Madonna appearin’ in the Bronx.”

Didn’t I do everything you asked me to?
Didn’t I give you everything you want?
So why are you always down there on your knees
Prayin’ to Our Lady of the Bronx?
Prayin’ to Our Lady of the Bronx.

Oh, Mary, Mary, I can’t make it on my own.
This town is tearin’ me apart.
We got to get out; we gotta get back home.
The walls are closin’ in fast.
I can hear their footsteps comin’. Now, they’ve stopped outside our door.
This could be our last chance.
But you won’t come with me, will you? Ah, no, you’d sooner stay
And pray for redemption in the Bronx.

Didn’t I do everything you asked me to?
Didn’t I give you everything you want?
So why are you always down there on your knees?
Didn’t I do everything you asked me to?
Didn’t I give you everything you want?
So why are you always down there on your knees
Prayin’ to Our Lady of the…. Prayin’ to Our Lady of the….
Prayin’ to Our Lady of the Bronx?


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