Mudcat Café message #2414847 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #113441   Message #2414847
Posted By: GUEST,TalkingBird
15-Aug-08 - 03:18 PM
Thread Name: What murder ballad is the saddest? [songs]
Subject: Little Omie Wise
The Ballad of Omie Wise tells the very sad real-life story of the murder of the diminutive orphan Naomi Wise. She was killed by her lover, who lured her to a secluded spot by telling her they were going away to elope. His mother opposed his marriage to the orphan girl and had what she felt was a more suitable wife picked out for him. Little Omie loved him and trusted him, but John killed her to get rid of her so he could follow his mother's wishes. The song was recorded by Doc Watson, John McCutcheon, and many others, in a variety of forms.