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About Mary Kaye

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About Mary Kaye
            
provided 2015


Mary Kaye's music is rooted deeply in the Western landscape her life is immersed in. She is a native born Texan and as a young woman ventured off to Utah where she “married her a cowboy.” She now resides on a century old pioneer homestead in central Utah where her large family is involved in cowboying, horse training, and all things Western. She has been married to her husband Brad for 29 years, they have 10 children. Her husband’s family has deep Western roots that go back six generations. His father was a well known horse breeder whose horses are highly regarded amongst other horseman throughout the West.

Mary Kaye is a critically acclaimed and multiple award winning singer-songwriter who performs traditional cowboy songs along with her award wining originals. Western Horseman said of her, “Some Western singers and musicians are all about preserving traditional cowboy songs. Others strive to write and sing songs about contemporary cowboy life. Utah singer-songwriter Mary Kaye does both well, and with an authenticity that appeals to not only purists, but also those seeking something fresh.” Renowned Western artist Maynard Dixon declared, "The spirit of the West sings in every soul." Mary Kaye believes this and shares this spirit in every performance.



“Mary Kaye delivers a spellbinding, emotional vocal performance in every song she sings.”
Western Horseman Magazine

“Mary Kaye has entered the echelon of great songwriters with her latest album.”
True West Magazine

“Mary Kaye is one of the strongest singers working today…”
Big Sky Journal


Mary-Kaye.com

 

 

Selected Lyrics 

 

Ride a Wide Circle

The Dawn and the Dusk

Jealous of the Moon

 

 

 

Ride a Wide Circle

He owns a few cows, but he is no cattle baron.
He harvests two crops of hay and a third if he can, but he is no farmer.
He's a wrench twister, but not a mechanic,
and he can pound a nail, but he is no carpenter.
He's a cowman...an up-at-dawn-get-the-job-done man
and today he's gonna make a circle,
but the circle he'll ride is so much more than just the ground he'll cover.
You see, he's part of a wider circle.
A circle comprised of all of the brave souls who choose to make their livin' off the land.

It's the kind of stillness felt only before dawn,
and he knows just the mare he'll throw his saddle on.
He shakes the bridle and she huffs a hello.
He likes her easy gait when there's many a mile to go.
High summer mornin', slow trot to the ridge.
He feels her power beneath him, but the balance is all his.
And he'll ride a wide circle checkin' stock and makin' plans.
'Cause he's got dreams tied hard and fast and they hold him to this land.
Yes, he'll ride a wide circle and today he'll ride alone
in a saddle that's no rich man's trophy, it's a workin' man's throne.

He doctors cattle, but he is no physician.
He hums a James Taylor tune, but he is no musician.
He rides the fence line his daddy's daddy rode before.
The same big sapphire ceiling, the same sweet grass floor.
Cowboy life will take from him a little blood and sweat each day.
But for a third-generation American dream, that's a paltry price to pay.

So, he'll ride that wide circle checkin' stock and makin' plans.
'Cause he's got dreams tied hard and fast and they hold him to this land.
Yes, he'll ride a wide circle 'cause he knows he's not along.
This range his grand-dad's dream, his daddy's, now his own.
May the circle be unbroken, by and by Lord, by and by.
There's a better home awaiting in the sky Lord, in the sky.

© 2015, Mary Kaye and Owen Badgett, Don't Fence Me in Records
These words may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.


Mary Kaye introduces these lyrics, "Owen Badgett is a Montana cowboy who has written a treasury of stories and poems that I have read multiple times. He is what Wally McRae describes as a 'cowboy of the old school.' Two of the lines of the poem before the song are written by Owen. The rest is my tribute to him and to those fortunate few who are part of generational ranching and farming families. My own father was a farmer raised by a farmer who was raised by a farmer. I include the traditional 'May the Circle be Unbroken" to honor the connection between families and the land they caretake."

 




 

 

 

 

The Dawn and the Dusk

This mornin' before he headed out for the barn,
He set down his coffee strapped on his side arm,
and with a glance to his wife, not a word or a sound,
She knew today he'd lay his old pony down.

Indian summer had come to an end,
and the wicked Winter was comin' again.
And he knew as he glanced at his old faithful friend,
sometimes the best gift is "goodbye."

And he knows better than askin' questions like why, Lord, why?
He is just doin' his level best, oh he tries, tries, tries.
We live it all, we rise and we fall, over and over again.
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, we are all livin' the lives that we must,
somewhere between the dawn and the dusk.

Tyin' down tarps whipped in the wind,
savin' his grimmest task till the end.
Then he takes the halter down from the wall,
leads that old pony out from the stall.

They talk of years back and the rodeo days,
all the hunts, and the kids this horse helped to raise.
And as the sun threw it's last heavenly rays,
it was a sweet and tearful goodbye.

And he knows better than askin' questions like why, Lord, why?
He is just doin' his level best, oh he tries, tries, tries.
We live it all, we rise and we fall, over and over again.
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, we are all livin' the lives that we must,
somewhere between the dawn and the dusk.

He turns up his collar, walks home to his wife.
He considers God's plan and he ponders his life.
And he knows there's no shame in dyin' at all,
the only shame is livin' too small.

And he is no king of commerce or trade,
and all that he's earned his strong hands have made,
and he figures he'll just treasure it all,
‘till the good Lord comes to lead him from the stall.

And will know better than askin' questions like why, Lord, why?
He’ll know he’s done his level best that he’s tried, tried, tried.
We live it all, we rise and we fall, over and over again.
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, we are all livin' the lives that we must,
somewhere between the dawn and the dusk.

© 2013, Mary Kaye, Don't Fence Me in Records
These words may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 


 

 


 

Jealous of the Moon

I'm jealous of the moon.
She must love you as do I.
She glows and glowers in the sky.

I know I'll see you soon,
but she can see you now.
I cannot sleep, I have forgotten how.

Never fall in love with the tall men who ride.
They are married to the seasons and the cattle are their bride.
The moon above perhaps sees more than me,
of the cowboy I long for…the cowboy I cannot see.

Near to tears but far from sleeping.
Wide awake but I am dreaming.
I can hear my heart faster beating, entreating,
for tonight....I'm jealous of the moon.

Tengo celos de la luna, ya que no se encuentra aquí.
Me duele el alma que no estás aquí conmigo.
Deseo que las alas para volar donde estás.
No puedo soportar estar sin ti.

English Translation
(I am jealous of the moon since you are not here.
My soul aches that you're not here with me.
I wish for wings to fly where you are.
I cannot stand to be without you.)

Never fall in love with the tall men who ride.
They are married to the seasons and the cattle are their bride.
The moon above perhaps sees more than me,
of the cowboy I long for..the cowboy I cannot see.

Near to tears but far from sleeping.
Wide awake but I am dreaming.
I can hear my heart faster beating, entreating,
for tonight...I'm jealous of the moon.

Near to tears but far from sleeping.
Wide awake but I am dreaming.
I can hear my heart faster beating, entreating,
for tonight...I'm jealous of the moon.

Estoy celosa de la luna.
I'm jealous of the moon.

© 2013, Mary Kaye, Don't Fence Me in Records
These words may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 

 

 

Recordings

 

 

Ride a Wide Circle


2015


Includes:

The Night Herding Song by Harrry Stephens
Ride a Wide Circle by Mary Kaye and Owen Badgett
Grit, Grace and Balin' Twine by Mary Kaye
Leavin' Cheyenne traditional
Buckskin Joe by Mary Kaye
Women and Horses by Dale Page and Mary Kaye
Que Vaquero by Mary Kaye and John Lamont
The Wild of the West by Mary Kaye
Big Enough by Mary Kaye
The Town That Raised Me by Mary Kaye
Horse Lover by Mary Kaye and Terry Nash
Love's Last Stand by Mary Kaye
A Cowboy's Soul by Mary Kaye
Girl Meets West by Mary Kaye
Song of Wyoming by Kent Lewis

Available from:

Mary-Kaye.com

 
 


 

The Dawn and the Dusk


2013

Includes:

The Prairie Preacher by Mary Kaye
Solid Gone by Mary Kaye
Wyoming Woman, Montana Man by Mary Kaye
Arizona in Her Eyes by Mary Kaye
Cooley Ranch Road by Mary Kaye
Jealous of the Moon by Mary Kaye & Warren Davidson*
Take Me Back to Texas by Mary Kaye
Git Along Little Dogies traditional by Mary Kaye
My World by Mary Kaye
The Golden Thread by Mary Kaye
Chasin' Down the Sun by Mary Kaye
The Dawn and the Dusk by Mary Kaye


*"Jealous of the Moon" was named 2013 Top Cowboy Song by American Cowboy Magazine



Available from:

Mary-Kaye.com

 



 


 

No Wilder Place

 
2012


Includes:

 Any Name Will Do by Mary Kaye*
No Wilder Place by Mary Kaye and Les Buffham
Luckiest Cowgirl by Mary Kaye
Jenny's Lament by Mary Kaye
Road to Prescott by Mary Kaye
Streets of Laredo traditional
Strychnine by Mary Kaye
Calico Cowgirl by Mary Kaye
Fringe by Mary Kaye
Only Kind of Love Song by Mary Kaye
Once Upon a Horse by Mary Kaye
Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Mary Kaye
Lasca by Frank Desprez
 

*"Any Name Will Do" received the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America
**"No Wilder Place" was named Song of the Year by the Western Music Association
 

Available from:

Mary-Kaye.com

 


 

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