Tag Archives: robbery

Railroad Bill

TITLE: Railroad Bill AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: rambling, robbery, crime, death, train EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1911 (Odum, according to Cohen) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: There is a legend in south Alabama, associated with the spirit of a man known as, “Railroad Bill”. This story, from slave cultures, during the post-Civil War era, during the 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 »

In Good Old Colony Days

TITLE: In Good Old Colony Days AUTHOR: unknown EARLIEST DATE: 1804 (broadside, Bodleian Johnson Ballads fol. 84) CATEGORY: Public Domain. Traditional KEYWORDS: robbery, punishment, death, In Old Colony Times, also known as Good Old Colony Days, When We Were Under the King and Jolly Rogues of Linn, originated in the early 1800s. It was popular throughout the nineteenth century.” This information is read more »