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Another Man Done Gone

TITLE: Another Man Done Gone AUTHOR: Unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: prison, escape, homicide EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: John Avery Lomax met Vera Hall in the 1930s and recorded her for the Library of Congress. Lomax wrote that she had the” loveliest voice he had ever recorded”. The BBC played Hall’s recording of “Another Man read more »

Whiskey in the Jar

TITLE: Whiskey in the Jar AUTHOR: Unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: robbery, prison, love, trial, punishment, escape, outlaw EARLIEST DATE: 1855 (broadside, Murray Mu23-y1:137) “Throughout history outlaw heroes have served to provide oppressed people with dignity during their subjugation. Swashbuckling, romantic figures, they represented traditional justice as opposed to the self-interest and inequity of the state. Set in 17th Century read more »

Billy Broke Locks

TITLE: Billy Broke Locks AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (Barry, Eckstorm, Smyth) KEYWORDS: prison escape dancing freedom HISTORICAL REFERENCES: monetary exchange in the US Colonies before the revolution. Billy Broke Locks (or the Escape of Old John Webb). Traditional dating back to 1737. Quoting Lomax: “At that time exchange in the colonies was based read more »