Mudcat Café message #871852 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #50004   Message #871852
Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
21-Jan-03 - 07:49 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Lady Mary / Palace Grand / The Sad Song
Subject: RE: Lady Mary / Palace Grand / The Sad Song
I remember that this was May Kennedy McCord's signature song- not officially, but everyone thought it was HER song...didn't she play a dulcimer when she sang it? I was a young girl when I met her and heard her sing at one of Sarah Gertrude Knott's longago National Folk Festivals. She seemed to me to be a stately old lady with a kind of high quivery voice, and called the song, "Palace Grand," I believe.
The last two lines made a big impression on me:

Will I still be nothing to him,
Though he dims heaven for me?