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bokhara

As Theokie noted, leaving "Long Black Veil" off the list is quite an oversight. Not written by Lefty Frizell but written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin in 1959 and first recorded by Frizell. Has become a sort of Americana standard tho with many rock, country, folk groups covering it.

Best performance imo is The Band's. Love Danko's vocal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMbVXYQpJV8

Reinaldo Garcia

In 1996, the National Writers Union used this song I recorded as evidence in a move to expel me. They said I "advocate the murder of women." So much for the NWU's protection of writers and the First Amendment:

THE ROOM ACROSS THE LAKE

Sister Carrie was a con.
Her writ of execution was a foregone conclusion
When they caught her on the take and didn't tell her.
They sent me to the room across the lake to kill her.

Sister Carrie's new career
Was based on exploitation of her old fear of strong men
Who could see she was a fake and didn't tell her.
They sent me to the room across the lake to kill her.

Se casó con un mojado,
Dos veces ya casado, con ambición de poder.
El maton era su espejo,
Realmente un pendejo con atroz pasión por joder.

Sister Carrie's in my sights.
I see her through the window walking naked down the hall,
Leaving white men in her wake who'll never tell her
They sent me to the room across the lake to kill her.

Sister Carrie's by the phone.
I think I'll ring her home and ask her what it's like to die
With all those deals to make, but I won't tell her
They sent me to the room across the lake to kill her.

Se casó con un mojado,
Dos veces ya casado, con ambición de poder.
El maton era su espejo,
Realmente un pendejo con atroz pasión por joder.

Copyright 2009 NADJA MUSIC Reinaldo García
Lyrics: August 18, 1994 Lake San Marcos, CA
Music: August 18-21, 1994 Lake San Marcos-Monterey, CA

Theokie

'The long black veil' by Lefty Frizzell: 'Folsom Prison Blues' by Johnny Cash: 'She wore red dresses' by Dwight Yoakam: 'Cold hard facts of life' by Porter Wagoner: 'Miller's Cave' by Bobby Bare: Lots of Country songs have murder in mind.....

Greenman Tim

RW - The Cruel Mother, another bloody Childe Ballad and one I thought of as well!

TO-EU - Well, a top ten list is by its very definition limited, and a reflection of personal taste and experience. Sorry this is valueless to you. Let's see what your's looks like!

The One-Eyed Undertaker

"Hey Joe" makes the list, but "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" doesn't?

That, alone, renders this list valueless.

Richard Wells

Ian and Sylvia's version of Down by the Greenwood Side-o, a.k.a. The Cruel Mother is a chilling story of infanticide.

theo

i think powderfinger's a murder ballad too(?), always liked that one on live rust.

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