Monday, January 18, 2010

No harbor was his home

Did you know there was a real woman who probably inspired "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)"?

Wikipedia claims that Mary Ellis was ditched by a sea captain, and every day she rode to the sea to wait for him (sound a little like Japan's beloved Hachiko, but hell, he was a DOG).

Check out that photo. Her grave is right next to a movie-theater parking lot? New Jerseyites, do you know about this? Leave a rose for the real Brandy the next time you're checking out the latest "Saw" flick.


Librarylady said...

One of my most favorite songs ever!!

Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding! It is located in the parking lot of a movie theater about 1 mile from my house (on the banks of the Raritan River). Before the movie theater was built the entire site was an indoor flea market. I can't tell you how many time I parked next to this stone.

Laurie said...

Wow! Interesting - one of my favorite songs ever too. I live close by - I should check this out. Thanks Gael!

Beth said...

I live in New Brunswick,NJ and yes, the grave is there. It's elevated in the back parking lot. Kind of creepy and cool at the same time.