Mudcat Café message #2072960 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19122   Message #2072960
Posted By: GUEST,Art Thieme
10-Jun-07 - 01:39 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Barbara Allen (different versions)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Barbara Allen' different versions
Dick Greenhaus,

I always felt that Michael Cooney got it right when he noted that this song was about two peop[le whose baggage kept 'em from communicating---and that's what led to the trgic end of both of their lives.

To me, that's Classic Tragedy in the Aristotilian sense. It's both their flaws--mainly hers-- that were their downfall. If she'd only been honest about how she felt about the guy. She loved him, but possibly didn't realize that fact until the guilt trip resulted in his death.