No fortune in my fame: “The Nameless Murderess”

The Once (promotional image, photo credit: Renita Fillatre)

  One, two, three,    can we play the game Of the murderess    who had no name? Lucifer was waiting,    but Saint Francis came And said her name is    nowhere on your deeds So she will come to heaven    now with me.     We have a “whodunit?” of a particular stripe … → read more

Three Fishers

Today is Labor Day in the U.S. and Canada. Our song this week is not a murder ballad proper, but I felt drawn to write about it because it portrays the sacrifices and risks of working. Just as my friend, Maureen, mentioned a few years ago how “El Paso” helped her as a child … → read more

To roam all alone on the shore

This is the third of three posts on the ballad “Bold William Taylor.”  Read the first post here, and the second post here.Those of you who have been following my posts for a while may have noticed that I tend to pursue a few tangents by the end of my … → read more