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List of Murder Ballads.. and the likes

Posted by BanjoFris on Wednesday, September 1, 2010



 --UPDATED September 27 2010-- 

Marked with (*) not necessary OT

Ome Wise
Down in the Willow Garden
Knoxville Girl
Tom Dooley
Pretty Polly
Wild Bill Jones
El Paso
Eli Renfro - Del McCoury band
Banks of the Ohio
Little Sadie
John Hardy
Stagger Lee
Frankie and Albert (Johnny)
Louis Collins
McKinley/White House Blues
Vincent Black Lightning 1952 *
Darlin' Corey (traditional?) *
Little Glass of Wine - Stanley Bros *
Caleb Meyer - Gillian Welch) *
Who Showed Who - Del McCoury
Blackbirds and Crows - Nashville Bluegrass Band
River Bottom - Country Gentlemen
Two Dimes and a Nickel - David Davis and the Warrior River Boys
Turn It On, Turn It On, Turn It On - Charlie Sizemore
Duncan And Brady - Johnson Mountain Boys
Long Black Veil *
Flowers in the Dell - James King (written by Fred J. Eaglesmith)
Poor Ellen Smith
John Wilkes Booth - Tony Rice
Ruby Ridge - Peter Rowan ....*some do and some don't believe it was murder
Philadelphia Lawyer
If it hadn't been for love - steeldrivers *
Willie Moore (Murder or Suicide?)
Delia's Gone - Johny Cash *
Pearl Bryan
Wind and Rain
Henry Lee
Little Mattie Grove / Little Musgrove
The Jealous Lover
Nothin' But A Whipoorwill
The Golden Vanity
Jesse James
Mary Phagan
The Ballad Of Stringbean And Estelle
Katie Dear (double suicide but, miserable enough)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight *
Caleb Meyer -Caleb Meyer (Gilian Welch) *
goodbye earl - dixie chicks *
Little Marion Parker - Vernon Dalhart
Secret of the Waterfall - Country Gentlemen *
Old Richmond Prison - Ralph Stanley *
Lord Randall
Geordie Of Braidislee
Twa Corbies
The Cruel Sister/ Twa Sisters
The Gypsie Davy
Little Musgrove
Cabin of Death - Ned Luberecki * (funny song!)
Secret of the Waterfall - Country Gentlemen *
Roane County Prison - Bill Monroe *
Hills of Roane County - Stanley Brothers *
Poor Aunt Lisa / The Murderous Nephew - Marc Nerenberg *
The Black Donnelly Feud *
Crazy Man Michael - Fairport Convention/Kate Rusby *
Drowned Lovers - Fairport Convention/Kate Rusby *
The Cobbler's Daughter - Fairport Convention/Kate Rusby *
A Rose in April - Fairport Convention/Kate Rusby *
Fair Ellender / The Brown Girl - Lily May Ledford
The Ballad of Sam Hall *
The Murder of Harry Simms - Jim Garland and Aunt Molly Jackson. *
Otto Wood the Bandit *
The Cruel Mother *
Lily of the West *
MacAfee's Confession *
Leaving Home *
Deep Water *
Ballad of Donald White - Bob Dylan *
Ballad of Hollis Brown - Bob Dylan, multiple murder-suicide *
Ludlow Massacre - Woody Guthrie *
Only a Pawn in Their Game *
Oxford Town *
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll *
Murder on the Road in Alabama" - Len Chandler *
Birmingham Sunday - Richard Farina *
Frank and Jesse james - Warren Zevon *
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon *
Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon *
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - Warren Zevon *
Jeannie Needs a Shooter' Warren Zevon (he's not yet dead at the end of the song) *
Where the wildroses grow - Nick Cave & Kylie Minoque *
I Shot Your Dog - Fred Eaglesmith * (K9)
Echo Mountain -James King's * (K9)
He's A Good Dog - Fred Eaglesmith * (K9)
Timothy - the Buoys
Perfume, Powder & Lead - Lonesome River Band *
Miller's Cave - Bobby Bare *
The Cold Hard Facts of Life - Porter Wagoner *

2 comments on “List of Murder Ballads.. and the likes”

NickC Says:
Friday, February 11, 2011 @3:53:06 AM

cool list. Nice to see The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll on there. One of my favourite Dylan tunes.

BanjoFris Says:
Friday, February 11, 2011 @5:59:40 AM

Hi Nick, Yep this list was put together by a lot of BHO members. A lot of these songs I don't now, but want to "look 'em up" one by one.
Greetings from New Hampshire

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