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Thread #113441   Message #2581231
Posted By: Rifleman (inactive)
04-Mar-09 - 01:46 PM
Thread Name: What murder ballad is the saddest? [songs]
Subject: RE: What murder ballad is the saddest?
Poor Murdered Woman, again, by The Albion Country Band, with Shirley Collins. Based upon a real event, the sad part being that the name of the victim, and anything else about her, is completely unknown to this day.

Martin Carthy said in the
But Two Came By sleeve notes:

"The Poor Murdered Woman Laid on the Cold Ground is a fairly short and simple song which describes what I can only describe as a non-event, but it is the kind of song to which I am attracted, as having a lot more underneath it than is at first obvious. No one know who this woman is, nor where she comes from, but everyone nonetheless is stirred to action."