I wrote “The Gospel of Mary” last summer, but returned to it, added to it, amended it, and basically worried over it like an injury. Like many, I have been horrified by the Administration’s treatment of our fellow human beings, shocked by the lack of empathy, and furious and bewildered by the depths to which we seem to have sunk.
This isn’t a song that I wanted to wait for a record to release. If it works as a song, it’s because the story is true.
I have been performing it now for a little while, and got the chance to play it with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires for a Tiny Desk Concert. But I wanted to record it and I got the opportunity to work with The Milk Carton Kids one afternoon in Los Angeles. I want to thank them for being so great and for working on this important song with me.