Mary Pickford

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Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford was written and produced by Mike Batt. It is Katie’s tenth single and the second from her third album, Pictures. It was originally inspired by a daily facts calendar owned by Batt that one day featured the fact that Mary Pickford used to eat roses.
The single was released as a download single only.

The lyrics talk about the 1910s film actress Mary Pickford and other founders of United Artists. Mentioned in the song are Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, United Artists and Pickford.

The song can be seen as a pastiche of the classic silent era Joseph H. Santly song At the Moving Picture Ball since they have a similar rhythm, similar subject matter and indeed they list the same silent-era movie stars.

Tracklist:

    1. Mary Pickford

All the images shown are from the one-track CD single promo disk which, like many Dramatico promo disks comes in a standard square cardboard sleeve.

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Release Year: 2007 | Cat: Dramatico DRAMCDS0030

CD Text:

Written by Mike Batt
Published by Dramatico/Sony/
ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
Engineered by Steve Sale

Photography by Simon Fowler
Design by www.weartourist.com

www.katiemelua.com
www.myspace.com/katiemelua

℗ & © 2007 Dramatico Entertainment Limited.
For promotional use only – Not for resale
DRAMCDS0030 LC133550

01. Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford used to eat roses
Thought that they’d make her beautiful and they did,
One supposes.

Douglas Fairbanks, he was so handsome,
He wore a moustache,
Must-a had much cash, too,
Worth a king’s ransom,

Charlie Chaplin, he was invited,
When these artists became united.
When these artists became united.

David Griffith worked as an extra,
Then as a stagehand,
Until they let him be
A director

Dave was brave, a mover and shaker,
A true pioneer,
He seemed to show no fear,
A real film maker

Just like Chaplin, he was invited,
When these artists became united.
When these artists became united.

They tied the knot together,
Groom and bride couldn’t hide their pleasure.
They tried to pick fair weather,
But love died, didn’t last forever.

Mary Pickford used to eat roses,
Thought that they’d make her beautiful and they did,
One supposes.

Douglas Fairbanks, he was so handsome,
He wore a moustache,
Must-a had much cash too,
Worth a king’s ransom.

Charlie Chaplin, he was invited,
When these artists became united.
When these artists became united.
When these artists became united

Rating: ★★★★☆
Kevyn Knox – http://themostbeautifulfraudintheworld.blogspot.co.uk

I must admit to never having heard of Katie Melua before, but after stumbling across her video on YouTube, while searching for some of Mary Pickford’s early short works (not the best place to see them but when they are unavailable elsewhere…), I have become somewhat obsessed with her – or at least her one song, Mary Pickford (Used to Eat Roses) – watching it several dozen times over the past few days.

One must wonder why someone would write a pop song about the formation of United Artists, but hey, my love of film history, and my current passion about America’s Sweetheart (and the fact that it is a surprisingly catchy ditty) makes me somewhat gaga over it (not to mention Melua isn’t bad to look at either).