My dad and Gary Dawson used to skeet shoot these 45s. Listening and dancing around to this song is one of my earliest memories. I’ve always had a copy of it somewhere in my possessions and listening to it is one of the most comforting things I know.
Gary Dawson is the weights and measures guy for Gibson county. His name is on all of the fuel pumps.
The sound on this song is the sound I am always looking for.
This is the creepiest murder ballad I have ever heard:
I think what is getting to me about it is the striking until the gore covers the ground.
And the tossing and turning of the murderer that night in bed.
The song just seems really intimate. More so than Tom Dula or Omie Wise or Rose Connelly, etc.
I think that what it is, is that in most of these, the killer comes clean and says “go hang me or kill me for I am the man” or otherwise indicates that they deserve to die. But in this one, it is kind of about the killer’s fear of dying. And he does not come clean about his guilt.
The Library of Congress website is full of this kind of stuff:
None of it is easy to find or navigate. I scraped about 4,000 recordings and tagged them with meaningful tags for my own use. Let me know if you want a copy.
Beginning in 2002 rockmessiah.com was a website used to promote the novelty band “The Rock and Roll Patrol”. http://web.archive.org/web/20030409082345/http://rockmessiah.com
It quickly evolved into a social networking site where users with handles like “Liberational” and “Neoconquistador” compared each other to Hitler as they discussed the issues of the day.
With reviews of reviews: http://web.archive.org/web/20041023232956/http://rockmessiah.com/all_reviews.php
And eventually forums, blogs and facebook style wikis.
But inevitably it crumpled under the weight of its own greatness.
And since it doesn’t look like I have much of a chance in this election cycle: http://web.archive.org/web/20040220013455/http://paulforpresident.com/why_vote.html
It seems about time to try to add some serious content to a website. Which is forthcoming.