March 7

The Secret Discovered From “The Carroll County Accident”


The Secret Discovered From “The Carroll County Accident” 1

Songwriter Bob Ferguson was heading to Philadelphia, Mississippi to watch a concert for the Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia, Mississippi. While driving, he passed by a Carroll County sign for Tennessee. For whatsoever reason, the songwriter came up a song title based on the sign. At the time Ferguson saw another Carroll County sign for Mississippi, he has already completed the writing of the song. The late country music artist Porter Wagoner recorded it in 1968. The single peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Song charts. The following year, the track won the CMA’s Song of the Year award. Eventually, it became one of Wagoner’s signature songs.

The Secret Discovered from  the Tragic Event

Based on the title, the song focuses on a tragic incident that took place just inside a county line. In the song, the narrator came closer to the accident area to examine the damage. He found out that one of the victims, Walter Browning, was his father who, unfortunately, has perished from the accident. With him was Mary Ellen Jones, a well-known lady in the county, who was luckier to have survived from the car crash. She later testified the reason for them being together. Jones said that Browning asked a favor from her to take him to town. As the narrator investigated further on the wreckage, he discovered an evidence proving the two having an affair. He immediately threw it into the river and vowed to keep the secret to himself. This is to preserve his family’s reputation.

If you were the narrator and found out your father is cheating on your mom, will you keep the matter to yourself too? It is our pleasure to hear your thoughts on the comment section. Also, please do not forget to hit the like button and share this with other fans of country music. For your utmost reading pleasure and entertainment, you may visit our website at https://www.countrythangdaily.com/ or like and follow us on Facebook, Country Daily.


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