mayo thompson- dear betty baby. from corky’s debt to his father.
recorded in houston, released by tiny Texas Revolution in 1969. TR went under soon after, and the record disappeared. re-released on Glass Records in 1985. went out of print. rere-released on cd by Drag City and dexter’s cigar in 1994. rerere-released by Drag city on vinyl in 2008. vinyl is already out of print. the cd is still out there.
his only solo record… plenty of other records. a good history of his long running Red Krayola can be found over at Mutant Sounds.
but this track gets me every time.
maybe it’s the horns… jim o’rourke and will oldham did a song called Ebb’s Folly for the Dutch Harbor soundtrack (who’s got my DH VHS?) from around 1997. some horns (or are they?) pop up halfway through that sound closely related to the horns in this song.
maybe it’s song-as-letter-to-someone. like: “sonny’s lettah” by linton kwesi johnson, “a soldier’s last letter” by ernest tubb, or “the day after tomorrow” by tom waits. but, as far as i can tell, nobody dies in this song. or do they? the captain is crazy, betty’s beau is crying, and no sign from the waves...