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"Take a Message to Mary"
Single by The Everly Brothers
from the album The Fabulous Style of The Everly Brothers
B-side" Poor Jenny"
Released 1959
Genre Pop
Label Cadence
Songwriter(s) Felice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant [1]
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
" Problems"
"Take a Message to Mary"
" (Till) I Kissed You"

"Take a Message to Mary" is a song released in 1959 by The Everly Brothers. The song spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 16, [2] while reaching No. 8 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade, [3] and No. 20 on the United Kingdom's New Musical Express chart. [1]


In the lyrics of the song, a man is thrown in jail for committing a crime, and not wanting to experience suffering, he asks a friend of his to deliver a message to his sweetheart, Mary, and tell her that he has gone to see the world, has to cancel their wedding day, and encourages her to find someone new. The song ends with a lament from the imprisoned man that his "cell is cold", implying that because of his crime, he loses what he cherishes the most.

Chart performance

Chart (1959) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 16
Canada - CHUM Hit Parade 8
UK - New Musical Express 20

Cover versions


  1. ^ a b Take a Message to Mary - By: The Everly Brothers, Accessed August 9, 2015
  2. ^ The Everly Brothers - Chart History - The Hot 100, Accessed August 9, 2015
  3. ^ "CHUM Hit Parade Chart", CHUM, Week of May 11, 1959
  4. ^ "Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds Sing The Everly Brothers". Discogs. October 1980. Retrieved December 3, 2016.