But don’t you let it take you over

[This is the fourth post this week on Child ballad 243, “The Demon Lover” or “House Carpenter.”  Read the first one here, the second one here, and the third one here.] Our last post took a look at one of the descendants of Child 243, “The Demon Lover” or “House Carpenter,” and … → read more

I’m looking for my fortune and it ain’t in Illinois

Pancho’s Stepchildren“Pancho and Lefty” has been a foray into a more Western genre of murder ballad, building on Pat’s discussion of “Jack Straw,” I suppose.  The Wikipedia entry on murder ballads cites Olive Burt’s 1958 article, “The Minstrelsy of Murder,” which noted that the American West put a distinctive mark on … → read more