Tag Archives: burial

John Brown’s Body

TITLE: John Brown’s Body AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Civil War, Black(s), death, execution, memorial, burial, rebellion, slavery EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1861 (Huntington) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The song, as we know it today, is about John Brown, the Baptist preacher and radical abolitionist who, with 20 others (fifteen of them, including Brown’s three sons, read more »

Old Blue

TITLE: Old Blue AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: dog, death, burial, hunting EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1913 Alan Lomax states in his Folk Songs of North America that “the backwoods folk of the south lived off game, and they thought more of a good hunting dog than they did of most people.In the read more »

Streets of Laredo, The

TITLE: The Streets of Laredo AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Debated, Public Domain KEYWORDS: cowboy, death, lament, burial, dying, funeral, disease, violence, homicide EARLIEST DATE: 1886 One of the large group of ballads (“The Bard of Armagh,” “Saint James Hospital,” “The Streets of Laredo”) ultimately derived from “The Unfortunate Rake.” All use the same tune and metre, and read more »