Murder Ballad Comedy, Part One: “The Irish Ballad”

Tom Lehrer (r) “Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better but the frog dies in the process.”  — E. B. White You’re killing them out there Over the next week or two, we’re going to lighten the mood a little, and focus on comic murder … → read more

Re-ragged in Red

Ladies in Red – Yenna Savil This is the third part of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 2. IntroductionIn our first post this week, we looked at the historical event, the murder of Patrolman James Brady by Harry Duncan in 1890 St. Louis, that inspired the … → read more

Young Hunting (Henry Lee, Love Henry)

This week’s installment focuses on another American contribution to the genre, in the sense that “Henry Lee,” or “Love Henry,” is an Americanized take on an old ballad called “Young Hunting” (Child Ballad No. 68).     The ballad tells the tale of a man, Young Hunting, who, returning to … → read more