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The Carroll County Accident

This song is by Porter Wagoner and appears on the compilation album The Essential Porter Wagoner (1997) and on the album The Rubber Room (2006).

Carroll County's pointed out asá kind of square
The biggest thing that happensá is the county fair,
I guess that's why it seemed likeá such a big event,
What we call the Carrollá 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 happyá 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 that he flagged her down,
Said he was sick and could she drive him into town,
No one ever 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 ever seen,
Behind the dash in Mary's crumpled up machine.

A little match box circled by a rubber band,
And inside the ring from Walter Browning's hand,
It took awhile 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,

Yes, I lost him in the Carroll County accident.

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