"Sinking in the Lonesome Sea"
Dotty Moore is the CFP equivalent of an assassin. She zips in, sings three songs, nails each one on the first take, eats a piece of frittata, splits. We got three songs done in one naptime, which we haven’t done in…let’s see…years.
“Sinking in the Lonesome Sea,” one of my top-three Carter family songs, is Child Ballad 286, recorded under several names over the centuries.
If you’re curious about the thematic evolution of folk music, this paragraph, from the Wikipedia page, is edifying:
"…features characteristic enough of Child Ballads to be considered Child Ballad motifs are these: romance, enchantment, devotion, determination, obsession, jealousy, forbidden love, insanity, hallucination, uncertainty of one’s sanity, the ease with which the truth can be suppressed temporarily, supernatural experiences, supernatural deeds, half-human creatures, teenagers, family strife, the boldness of outlaws, abuse of authority, betting, lust, death, karma, punishment, sin, morality, vanity, folly, dignity, nobility, honor, loyalty, dishonor, riddles, historical events, omens, fate, trust, shock, deception, disguise, treachery, disappointment, revenge, violence, murder, cruelty, combat, courage, escape, exile, rescue, forgiveness, being tested, human weaknesses, and folk heroes.”
So, like, the Nixon administration?
Guest Star: Dotty Moore, fiddle and harmony vocal