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MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS => Ask => Topic started by: Maartje on July 23, 2020, 01:32:38 pm

Title: Blue Charlotte and Early Bird Cafe
Post by: Maartje on July 23, 2020, 01:32:38 pm
Charlotte in 'Blue Charlotte' seems to be the same as the Charlotte in heaven in 'Early Bird Cafe' (Sad Clowns and Hillbillies):
'Charlotte asked me where I'd been with her jade and ivory eyes
I told her I'd been hung up, with some beggar in disguise
Well she laughed like temple bells
Kissed me on the cheek and said:
"You know it's hard to be alive sometimes...
But it's easy...
To be dead!"

Charlotte is in a good place.

I read at Wikipedia about the song:
Mellencamp also told Gardner about his favorite part of the song, saying: "I love the last part of it where she says, 'She asked me where I'd been, and I said I was hung up with some beggar in the sky.' I thought that was a beautiful line. 'I was hung up with God I was trying to find God' is what he's saying. I guess you guys figured that out, right?"[21]

That's strange, because the line isn't 'some beggar in the sky' but 'some beggar in disguise'.
Can you explain, John???

And the beggar in disguise has a connection with Cinderella:
Cinderella is a kind young woman who lives with her wicked stepmother and ugly stepsisters. They abuse her and use her as the housemaid. One day Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters refuse to help a beggar at their door, but Cinderella offers her food and drink. The beggar woman is revealed to be a beautiful fairy in disguise, who then secretly helps Cinderella for her kindness.