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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 »

Buffalo Skinners

TITLE: Buffalo Skinners AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: work, homicide, boss, revenge EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1910 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: When the western plains of the United States were home to great buffalo herds, hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century. “The Buffalo Skinners” (“The Hills of Mexico”) is a traditional American folk song. It tells read more »


TITLE: Edward [Child Ballad 13] AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: homicide, brother, questions EARLIEST DATE: 1765? Francis James Child (February 1, 1825 – September 11, 1896) was an American scholar, educator, and folklorist, best known today for his collection of folk songs known as the Child Ballads. Child was Boylston professor of rhetoric and oratory at Harvard University, where he produced influential editions of English read more »

Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight

TITLE: Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: elopement, homicide, seduction, lie EARLIEST DATE: 1776 (Herd) Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight appears in many variants but the main theme is that the knight of the title woos the lady with music (i.e. blows a magic horn, or in some variations sings a magic song), or 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 »