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If you ain't got two kids by twenty one
You're probably gonna die alone
At least, that's what tradition told you
And it don't matter if you don't believe
Come Sunday morning, you'd best be there
In the front row like you're supposed to

Same hurt in every heart
Same trailer, different park

Mama's hooked on Mary Kay
Brother's hooked on Mary Jane
And Daddy's hooked on Mary two doors down
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
We get bored, so we get married
Just like dust, we settle in this town
On this broken merry-go-'round

And 'round and 'round we go,
Where it stops, nobody knows
And it ain't slowing down
This merry-go-'round

We think the first time's good enough
So we hold on to high school love
Say we won't end up like our parents
Tiny little boxes in a row
Ain't what you want, it's what you know
Just happy in the shoes you wear

Same checks are always cashed in
To buy a little more distraction

'Cause Mama's hooked on Mary Kay
Brother's hooked on Mary Jane
And Daddy's hooked on Mary two doors down
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
We get bored, so we get married
Just like dust, we settle in this town
On this broken merry-go-'round

And 'round and 'round we go,
Where it stops, nobody knows
And it ain't slowing down
This merry-go-'round

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
We're so bored until we're buried
Just like dust, we settle in this town
On this broken merry-go-'round

Merry-go-'round

Jack and Jill went up the hill
Jack burned out on booze and pills
Mary had a little lamb
Mary just don't give a damn anymore



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    UnregisteredJan 21, 2014 at 6:19 am
    This song really hits home for a lot of people, especially for those in small towns where this is especially true. Mothers are always hooked on some beauty product or another, siblings are always chasing after one boy or girl or another, and when they get their hearts broke you gotta look after them. And, of course, the husbands are always with the other women and cheat constantly. Wives get their hearts broke but think they have to stay together because of religion or how long they've been with their husbands, so divorce isn't an option. Everything is done how it's always been done and it's not gonna change anytime soon. Kids say they won't end up the same as their parents but their parents said the same thing. It's almost as if the cycle is ingrained into their DNA, etched into the very center of their being. Young people get bored with small town life so they decide marriage would be a good change of pace. So they marry the only one they've ever been with, and settle down in that small town like so many people before them have. People that have already died and turned to dust. They decide they want kids before they're even out of college and have 2 before they're 21. The cycle begins all over again at this point with the children swearing they won't end up like their parents, fighting and drinking and being unhappy. Traditions can never be broken. The cycle will probably never end because the people are so caught up in it without even realizing. I love it because it's so true.

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