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LAURIE (STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN) (Milton C. Addington / Cathie Harmon) Dickey Lee - 1965 Last night at the dance I met Laurie So lovely and warm, an angel of a girl Last night I fell in love with Laurie Strange things happen in this world As I walked her home, she said it was her birthday I pulled her close and said, "Will I see you anymore?" Then suddenly she asked for my sweater And said that she was very, very cold I kissed her goodnight at her door and started home Then thought about my sweater and went right back instead I knocked at her door and a man appeared I told him why I'd come, then he said "You're wrong, son, you weren't with my daughter How can you be so cruel to come to me this way? My Laurie left this world on her birthday She died a year ago today" A strange force drew me to the graveyard I stood in the dark, I saw the shadows wave And then I looked and saw my sweater Lyin' there upon her grave Strange things happen in this world TRIVIA: *This song was inspired by a ghost story written for a Memphis newspaper by 15-year-old Cathie Harmon. ** Her story may have been inspired by the legend of "Resurrection Mary", described as a shy young woman with very cold hands. A number of young men reportedly encountered her at dance parties in Chicago beginning in the 1930s. Escorted or given a ride home, she typically asked to be dropped off at Resurrection Cemetery on Archer Avenue, asking her escort not to follow her. In 1939 a man named Jerry Palus met her at the Liberty Grove dance hall and she told him her actual home address. Going there the following day, he found an older woman who verified that she had had such a daughter, who had died many years before. Her picture was identical to the girl Jerry had escorted to the graveyard. (c. Songfacts)


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