Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for Mary's Prayer

Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!

Okay, the last few songs have not been my personal favorites, but they were just memorable one-hit wonders. Today is different. I really love "Mary's Prayer" by the band Danny Wilson. The song was featured on the Scottish band's debut album back in 1987. It didn't do very well initially, and they re-released the album a year later.

"Mary's Prayer" was a surprise hit in the U.S., peaking at #27. Danny Wilson was part of a more sophisticated pop-sound coming from the UK at the time (Simply Red, Swing Out Sister, Level 42), and I remember seeing the music video on MTV (back when they played actual videos).

I guess being Catholic, I understood all the religious metaphors, but the song is a simple love song. It's about a guy that regrets the "one that got away," but he hopes that Mary has a wonderful and fulfilling life. Basically, the man that got you is one lucky dude. The theme kinda reminds me of a country song.

And of course, the song was featured in the awesome movie, Something About Mary (1998).

Danny Wilson broke up in 1989, as all three members were pretty good songwriters and fought over what material to put on their third album, so they decided to break up before things got ugly. Each member has had a pretty good career in the music industry as producers and song writers.


19 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I remember the song, but don't think I ever saw the video either.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I remember liking this song, but I have a feeling it was one of those songs where I messed up the lyrics big time. :)

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Pat Dilloway said...

I don't remember that one.

Robin said...

I've never heard this song before. The video reminds me (a little) of A-Ha's Take On Me with the use of the cartoons/graphics.

BTW, I do like this song:)

Julie Flanders said...

I don't remember this one. Now I have to listen and see if it comes back to me.

Tony Laplume said...

I don't even remember it from There's Something About Mary...

River Fairchild said...

I couldn't stand that movie! I think it's a generational thing...
MTV used to play spectacular videos, back in the day.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I never noticed that from Something About Mary until I heard it. The video is full of 80s goodness Jay.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Nice that he essentially wishes her luck/

@Ruby_Barnes said...

Really enjoying these one hit wonders and I remember Mary's Prayer, a great song. Always comes to me when I'm washing up the dishes, for some reason. Some serious bendy-legged foot shuffling going on there.

rscottamsbaugh.com said...

I knew the song once I heard the opening notes. I am fascinated with one hit wonders. Thanks for spotlighting this one. I enjoyed the video. Now I will look back at what else you have featured. Excited to see what is next.

Tammy Theriault said...

classic old school but not quite old school song, Jay! i'll just listen to it one more time...

mooderino said...

A great song but I didn't remember the video being quite so odd. Very 80s though.

mood

Chrys Fey said...

Great song! It's nice to see the video for the first time. :)

Melanie Schulz said...

I don't think I've heard this one before.

farawayeyes said...

Ah, now your talking. This one is a keeper. i agree that the video is a little strange, but at that time weren't they all. too bad these guy couldn't keep it together, they had a great sound.

Sandra Almazan said...

I remember this one! It's a good song.

Sandra (part of the Indie Writers Monthly group blog)

N J Magas said...

Nope, this one is unknown to me, though the video did give me uncomfortable flashbacks to the 90's XP

Claire Gillian said...

Always loved this one! Thanks for the clip.

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