Carroll County Accident Porter Wagon...

Carroll County Accident Porter Wagoner song

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Bob Ferguson song writer

Sparta, MO

#1 Jan 24, 2013
<he ar Porter sing

CARROLL COUNTY ACCIDENT-

Green Forest-Berryville-Carrol County Arkansaw

music by:(Bob Ferguson)

The idea of the song and most of the lyrics were written by Phillip E. Meyers and the music was by Bob Ferguson,co-writer of song..

(c)'68 Warden Music

From "Carroll County Accident," by Porter Wagoner (c) 1969, RCA

**********

Carroll County's pointed out as kinda square.
The biggest thing that happens is the county fair.
I guess that's why it seems like such a big event,
What we all call the Carroll County accident.

The wreck was on the highway just inside the line.
Walter Browning lost his life and for a time,
It seemed that Mary Ellen Jones would surely die.
But she lived long enough for her to testify.

Walter Browning was a happy married man,
And he wore a golden wedding ring upon his hand.
But it was gone nobody knew just where it went;
He lost it in the Carroll County accident.

Mary Ellen testified he flagged her down,
Said he was sick and could she drive him into town.
No one even doubted what she said was true,
'Cause she was well respected in the county, too.

I went down to see the wreck like all the rest,
The bloody seats, the broken glass, the tangled mess.
But I found something no one else had even seen,
Behind the dash in Mary's crumpled up machine,

A little matchbox circled by a rubber band.
And inside the ring from Walter Browning's hand.
It took a while to figure out just what it meant,
The truth about the Carroll County accident.

By dark of night I dropped the ring into a well,
And took a sacred oath that I would never tell,
The truth about the Carroll County accident.
'Cause the county ordered DAD a marble monument,
I lost him in the Carroll County accident.

**********

http://www.youtube.com/watch... -<hear Porter sing
Guest

United States

#2 Jan 24, 2013
Love the song and porter singing it too.
Bob Ferguson song writer

Sparta, MO

#3 Jan 25, 2013
Guest wrote:
Love the song and porter singing it too.
Thank You very much.

In the song,Porter Wagoner, the singer,
tells the story of a single-car accident that occurs just inside the county line near his hometown.

The passenger, Walter Browning, an upstanding member of the community and seemingly happily married man, dies; while the driver, Mary Ellen Jones, a woman not his wife but also well respected, survives to testify she was taking him to town on an errand of mercy.

The singer describes examining the wreckage and finding evidence of an extramarital affair between the two. He promptly disposes of the evidence and swears himself to silence. He does this in order to preserve their reputations in the county because, as he reveals in the last verse, Walter Browning was his beloved father.

The song reached #2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs,
No. 1 on the Cash Box country singles chart,
and #92 on the Billboard Hot 100

The idea of the song and most of the lyrics were written by newspaper writer,Phillip E. Meyers and the music was by Bob Ferguson,yours truly.

According to Ferguson, the song was written when he passed through Carroll County when driving from Nashville to a concert for the Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He recounted that he passed a sign for Carroll County in Tennessee, which inspired the song's title. When he finished the song, he saw a sign for another Carroll County in Mississippi and Carrol County Arkansas.

Thank You for helping to keep the memory of Porter Wagoner alive.

www.PorterWagoner.com
Betty Brock

United States

#4 Apr 7, 2013
Love that song Carroll County accident Brings back a lot of memories Cause I once dated a guy.. that was in an accident, like that.. this accident was in North Carolina
G Parks

Calhoun, TN

#5 May 27, 2014
I have listened to this song and try to figure out the story about the Matchbox circle with a rubber band with the wedding ring side dozens of times and I still can't figure out what the hell it's all about I don't consider myself a slow person, none of the lyrics makes any sense in. the song
visitor

United States

#6 Jul 16, 2014
Honey they were having an affair. He put the ring in the box while they were out together. When they parted ways to go home he would put ring back on
Kassa

United States

#7 Jan 23, 2017
Is there a movie about this song
Kassa

United States

#8 Jan 23, 2017
Bob Ferguson song writer wrote:
<quoted text>

Thank You very much.

In the song,Porter Wagoner, the singer,
tells the story of a single-car accident that occurs just inside the county line near his hometown.

The passenger, Walter Browning, an upstanding member of the community and seemingly happily married man, dies; while the driver, Mary Ellen Jones, a woman not his wife but also well respected, survives to testify she was taking him to town on an errand of mercy.

The singer describes examining the wreckage and finding evidence of an extramarital affair between the two. He promptly disposes of the evidence and swears himself to silence. He does this in order to preserve their reputations in the county because, as he reveals in the last verse, Walter Browning was his beloved father.

The song reached #2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs,
No. 1 on the Cash Box country singles chart,
and #92 on the Billboard Hot 100

The idea of the song and most of the lyrics were written by newspaper writer,Phillip E. Meyers and the music was by Bob Ferguson,yours truly.

According to Ferguson, the song was written when he passed through Carroll County when driving from Nashville to a concert for the Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He recounted that he passed a sign for Carroll County in Tennessee, which inspired the song's title. When he finished the song, he saw a sign for another Carroll County in Mississippi and Carrol County Arkansas.

Thank You for helping to keep the memory of Porter Wagoner alive.

www.PorterWagoner.com
Is there a movie based on this song????

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