Mudcat Café message #251609 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8054   Message #251609
Posted By: Art Thieme
04-Jul-00 - 10:40 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Mary Ellen Carter (Stan Rogers)
Subject: RE: Wanted: background to 'The Mary Ellen Carter'
This song is a parody of the song "Tom Dooley". It concerns a daughter of past President Jimmy Carter who was killed by a jilted lover and left for dead (which she actually was already) in a peanut orchard in Georgia. At her funeral, being Christians, the gathered multitude sang this song with hopeful exuberarance. Later, like Bob Dylan, Stan Rogers stole this and rewrote the song about a boat (of all things). How dumb can you get. Then the collector, Peter Blood, put the song in his Book just like the Lomax family did with Frank Proffit's version of the song------and the rest is history. Unlike the song "Dom Dooley" this song has never earned millions of dollars for any stripey-shirted collegiate trio of any kind. If it had, I'm sure Valerie Rogers would've figured out how to sue 'em for four times that amount by now.

Art Thieme