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Undone In Sorrow

Undone in sorrow 

Over yonder in the graveyard Where the wild wild flowers grow Oh there laid my own true lover He's gone from me forever more

Fairer than the sweetest flowers Restless as a wildest wind Born with a love deep as the ocean This was the boy that I did win

I left him there back in the mountains To see the world riches to gain Oh when I returned no earthly treasure Could ease this heart so full of pain

There so high upon that mountain Beneath that little mound of clay Oh the boy that I returned to marry So still among the flowers lay

I'll go away and I will wander Lay aside my earthly gains And I'll not end as a man with riches Undone in sorrow I'll remain

Undone in sorrow I'll remain

(written by Ola Belle Reed)



Well I hope it was worth the wait-please let me know what you thought about the video.


p.s. If you missed the story behind the video-click here: My Name Is Cora Lee Mease.

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In all the info I've ever read or observed in the Park, I never knew anyone's place was burned - moved, perhaps, but I have wondered why there wasn't more to preserve? Just one more true tragedy in our nation. Joy and sorrow.

I don't know how I missed this after waiting so patiently. I think some of my e-mail must get diverted...but it was well worth the wait. Truly a work of art all the way through, linking past and present in such a heartfelt endeavor by everyone involved. Thanks so much!

I got cold chills and tears welled up in my eyes.
I hope that the decendants of those from Chataloochee see this.

I just got the sound fixed on my computer, Just amazing! I too want to do this hike. We'll be headed your way again in October I will be contacting you to get directions. thank you and the girls for a beautiful video and song.

Just left your mountains..we were tubing and fishing on the Ocanluftee. I love going there and miss the mountains already :) The video is wonderful!

Tipper, that is the best thing I have seen/heard in a coons age. It brought tears. Loved it. Thank you so much for all your beautiful work. Please thank the girls for me. T

Your girls are awesome! I am waiting for their CD. They have the voices of angels.

Wow - cold chills. Once the weather cools off, I want to come and make that hike myself.

When the deer hunter heads this way, let me know. significant other hunts down his way.

Love love ---


Wow!!!! Beautiful, amazing, I'm nearly speechless & so very impressed. What a fabulous job ya'll did-from the angel harmony right down to the bare feet. It was well worth the wait & I know you are so proud of those talented girls-they take after their mother!

A beautiful, beautiful video, Tipper. You and the girls did Ola Belle proud!

This series of posts have been outstanding. Even though I was one of the lucky ones to be at the church that day, the completed video is even better than I could have imagined. It brought tears to my eyes and is a testimony to Tipper's talent as well as the girls. It has such a spirituality about it and touches my heart deeply. Thank you for a job more than well done.

Oh, this is wonderful! A very fine performance indeed.

luv luv luv this video, luv the singing, luv the girls . thanks so much for sharing.

Martina-the church isn't used for regular services anymore. I do know they have a least one decoration service a year though.

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Beautifully done. What a fine series of posts. I have loved them all.

Yes maam, it was well worth the wait. Such a talented family , all of you. The photography and singing was beautiful

Definitely moving and so deeply emotional. Well worth the wait. You outdone yourself on this. You have two very beautiful and talented girls...Susie

Tipper: The girls performed in great style! The only thing I wished was for the reverbs to be lessened a little bit. But the sound quality certainly fits with the overall setting! I hear NASHVILLE - THE BLUEBIRD - CALLING!!!!

Eva Nell

This was well worth the wait! Very well done.

I shared it with my friends on Facebook this morning.



What a refreshing and uniquely personal way to begin the day.

"It was a sad time made sadder and brighter by the people and the place."

Thank you Tipper and your girls.

I was hoping this video wouldn't make me cry...The cemetary looks like the one where so many of my loved ones are buried. The girls are fabulous!

A truly moving experience; to watch and listen to the sounds of a song sung with such pure passion and enhanced by the old church. The girls did a fantastic job as did the videographer! I've learned so much about the area. I'm ashamed to say I've not been there, but this song and the words of Ken and Don make it a must visit as soon as I can arrange it. There is always so much more "history" to a place than one sees on the surface.

Fantastic! Great work everybody!!

THIS was worth waiting for. And so
beautifully done, from beginning to the end with the girls walking
away, holding hands. Very touching
and I've played it several times
already. Something I don't usually
do: I muted the Fox News Channel
for a long time just to see and
hear my Favorite Girls perform.
Thanks to everyone for your labor
to make this happen. And thank you
Tipper for sharing your enduring love of Appalachia...Ken


Beautiful Voices! I don't beleive Alison Krauss or Grace Potter could have done it better.

Excellent work Pressley Girls and Tipper! The video was beautiful, the girls' voices perfection. I can see what you mean about the church's acoustics. Is it still used for regular services?

Loved it! The girls did great justice to the song; I could feel the words. I also enjoyed shoelessness. Beautifully performed!

Not often am I brought to tears by beauty. Thank you so much for this.

Beautiful! Beautiful song, beautiful singing, beautiful girls!

Absolutely wonderful and well worth the wait. The girls did a fantastic job. I bet you're one proud mama!

Fantastic job Mom & daughters


Tipper--Evocative, emotive, and deeply moving for anyone who treasures the mountain past. My brother, Don, has already pointed out the approriateness of your timeline, but I'd like to add a bit more.

Had it not been for a preacher who told his congregation they must abide by the government's dictates, the wailing and gnashing of teeth (and it was literal--read Hattie Caldwell Davis's books on Cataloochee to get a feel for the times)might well have been bloodshed.

The Park, for all that I treasure its presence and realize it was a great boon to those of us who cherish the natural world, handled almost everything badly (or more accurately, Park bureaucrats did). They not only burned houses; they destroyed priceless historical artifacts; intentionally circumscribed the few folks who managed to get some type of temporary reprieve to live on their land a bit longer with impossible regulations; and continue until this day to indulge in acts of sheer stupidity.

For example, right now they have advanced a proposal to start charging folks for backcountry camping, never mind that a covenant with the folks of N. C. and Tennessee said they would always have free access to and use of the Park. That's but one of numerous examples of broken promises, bone-headed decisions,and seemingly almost willful intent to antagonize locals (especially those on the N. C. side, which has always been the ugly stepchild in Park "doings").

I'll not vent more here, although my next column in the "Smoky Mountain Times" will deal with this campsite "rental" proposal.

Tipper, on a much more positive note,I do have one suggestion. Every year folks with roots in Cataloochee gather for a celebration of those roots, a sort of homecoming, dinner on the grounds, and the like. I'm thinking a performance of this song and maybe a few others by the Blind Pig crew would be a moving and most welcome experience. I don't know the proper contact but I'm sure Don or me could find it.

Kudos to you and the girls.

Jim Casada

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