I think this captures the eerie solitude and beauty of Rose Hill cemetary, which I’ve visited many times, and also reflects the structural sturdiness and melodic beauty of Duane’s only composition. It’s worth noting that Dickey Betts disputes the song title’s origin. As reported in One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, he says that “Martha” was Duane’s pet name for his girlfriend Dixie.
Dickey Betts and Great Southern will be performing in Macon tomorrow (May 3). Maybe someone can drag him down there to pay respect to Elizabeth Reed and his fallen comrades.