David Martin’s “The Ballad of Amelia Earhart”

Readers are familiar with David Martin, also known as “DC Dave,” (DCDave.com), the award-winning writer and insightful observer of the passing scene who reviewed both editions of Truth at Last, Hillary Clinton and the Amelia Earhart Cover-up, in August 2012 and  Amelia Earhart Truth Versus the Establishment in May 2016. 

Most recently Martin turned his lengthy, six-part 2003 presentation, Who Killed James Forrestal?into The Assassination of James Forrestal, published in May of this year, and selling very well despite the mainstream media’s near-total blackout of the book, which dismantles yet another of our nation’s historical sacred cows.

An undated  photo of David Martin at the Parthenon, Athens, Greece.  (Courtesy David Martin.)

Those unfamiliar with the vast contents of Martin’s home page probably don’t know that he’s also an accomplished, witty and entertaining poet and lyricist.  Yesterday (Oct. 11), he sent me the below, which I now present to you:

“THE BALLAD OF AMELIA EARHART”

(To the tune of…well, you know)

Amelia flew over the ocean;
Her plane “disappeared” in the sea.
We found it much later in Saipan.
Oh, move on, there’s nothing to see.

Hard facts, hard facts,
Hard facts are important to me, to me.
Hard facts, hard facts.
The truth is important to me.

The order came down to destroy it.
There are witnesses galore of the deed.
They come from that great generation,
But from the trough of the truth we don’t feed.

Hard facts, hard facts,
Hard facts are important to me, to me.
Hard facts, hard facts.
The truth is important to me

The U.S. and Japan are now allies,
In spite of that war’s genocide.
What happened to that famous woman
Is something they both want to hide.

Hard facts, hard facts,
Hard facts are important to me, to me.
Hard facts, hard facts.
The truth is important to me.

Not being the sharpest musical tool in the shed, initially I had no clue what Martin meant when he wrote, “To the tune of . . . well, you know.”  The first song I thought of was Fess Parker’s 1955 popular hit, The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” that was such a rage with the coonskin cap-wearing kids at that time, of whom I was one.  When I tried to sing along with Martin’s words, however, it didn’t work at all.

Next, having spent most of my childhood in the Washington, D.C. area, well within listening range of the many great radio stations that played what’s now called Doo-Wopmusic, but then was more properly known as rhythm & blues, group harmony and even the more prosaic rock ‘n roll, I thought perhaps the tune Martin referenced might be the long forgotten Ballad of a Girl and Boy (1959), but upon further review, that was wrong too, though it was a pleasure to revisit.

Finally the answer popped into my thick skull, and I knew that Martin’s tune was My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean; this version of the old Scottish folk song was produced in 2010 by a group under the direction of  Mitch Miller, who died at age 99 in July 2010.  The lyrics fit perfectly; try it!

Many thanks to Dave Martin for his unique contribution to the poetics of the Earhart saga. 

5 responses

  1. Mike, I initially had trouble, too, with the proper tune. It was only when you suggested the right one that I was able to make it sound right. Thanks to you for the right “answer” and to DC Dave for his witty ditty. Keep up the great work, both of you.

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    1. Thanks Sonny. As I told another reader, I think Dave Martin is a talented lyricist, which is why I went the extra mile to present his poem properly. If there were any fairness in the world, this limerick would have gone viral. But the same conditions that inspired Martin to write it also preclude any real interest in it.

      Mike

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  2. Off topic, but tonight is the NatGeo (comedy?) special…..jam packed with more misinformation than ever I presume.

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    1. Thanks Tom. Will do a review with the help of a few good men.
      Mike

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  3. […] For author Mike Campbell’s commentary, or if you need help with the tune, go to Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last. […]

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