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Posted By: curmudgeon
12-Aug-08 - 02:47 PM
Thread Name: What murder ballad is the saddest? [songs]
Subject: RE: What murder ballad is the saddest?
Sorry to disappoint, SINS, but I don't sing about Suzie Cleland (Child 65). But I do have The Death of Bill Brown - two killings in one song; The Banks of Airdrie-O - two sisters murdered, the third saved by brother who kills the murderer. And I have to finish learning The Bloody Gardener one of these days.

I can't stand the Long Black Veil - its insipid, its not a balld, and ghosts can't narrate.

I'm not familiar with the McTell Bentley and Craig, but its uncomfortably close to Fred/KarlDallas' Ballad of Bentley and Craig in both title and text .   .

And of course the fiddling about with the clock does make MacPherson's hanging a murder

-- Tom