Monday, October 24, 2011

Murder ballads

Farce the Music has posted another collection of parody album covers, one of which is something I have actually thought about.

Although I don't think Alfred E. Neumann could really handle it, the one about "Murder Ballads of the Appalachians" is something that someone should really do.

I have specifically wondered how hard it would be to research, track down and create my own collection of folk, bluegrass and old-time country songs about murder.  There seems especially to be a recurring theme of the singer having killed a woman (usually his girlfriend), for example "Knoxville Girl."*  Unfortunately that's the only one I can think of right now off the top of my head, but I know there are others.  There's even a Wikipedia entry on it.

*Read those lyrics and then feel free to think:  WTF?


  1. "Tom Dooley" was the first one that occurred to me.

  2. I remember Johnny Cash singing "Delia's Gone." Nice touch of the supernatural in that one, too.