Mudcat Café message #333691 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #27260   Message #333691
Posted By: GUEST,Arkie
03-Nov-00 - 01:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lady Mary (closed)
Subject: RE: anybody know this beauty
The song was collected from Missouri singer May Kennedy McCord by, I believe, Vance Randolph and Max Hunter and popularized by Joan Baez. It is certainly a beautiful song. As far as I know Ms McCord did not claim to write it, but there is no other source. The last verse, "How will it be with our souls", is supposedly a later addition to the song. Does anyone know of any other sources or regions in the country where the song was sung in tradition? The only versions I have ever heard were in debt to Randolph, Hunter, and Baez who were in return in debt to May Kennedy McCord.

Nice to see mention of this. Hope the discussion turns up more information.