“Them coats that hang on the mountain…”

“Whatever happened to the good old days when kids was scared to death of their parents?” – Archie Bunker For the fourth time this week we embark on an exploration of the ballad “Young Emily” – Laws M34 or Roud #182 – and in Appalachia today we’ll finish our trek.  We introduced … → read more

On a Hill Lone and Gray

Golgotha Jesus and the Murder Ballad This week we’re going to take a small detour from the traditional murder ballad.  Shaleane’s post on Nick Cave’s “The Mercy Seat” raised  for me the question of just how frequently and in what guises Jesus appears in these songs.  I thought it would be … → read more