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Posted By: GUEST,keberoxu
27-Aug-16 - 05:47 PM
Thread Name: What murder ballad is the saddest? [songs]
Subject: RE: What murder ballad is the saddest?
if you venture into sean-nós and Irish Gaelic, then there is a case for "Sail Óg Rua."

from the Joe Heaney archives, in his own words:
"The fellow who murdered his sixteen-year-old girlfriend. And lamented it the minute he's after doing it. When he saw her blood flowing, he composed the song. There's a lot of that happening in the Gaelic songs, you know. Lots of it."

"Now the Connemara way is like this. Now this is a story about a young girl, she was only sixteen, her lover killed her. And when he saw the blood, that's when he started writing....composing the song."

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