The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #145383   Message #3362925
Posted By: GUEST
13-Jun-12 - 12:26 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Stack a Lee, Delia, Railroad Bill, etc.
Subject: Folklore: Stack a Lee, Delia, Railroad Bill, etc.
Does anyone have anything to help shine a light on these songs? Why are they so popular? The question is pretty much the key to everything, don't know if anyone could fully answer but I'd love to hear some thoughts. Murder ballads are some of the most interesting songs out there and these are the ones I know to be the most enduring.

Another thing about these, I've heard each of them all sung in the same melody. Blind Willie McTell plays it in his version of Delia. Heard a version of Stack a Lee played that way on a collection of rare gems. And Dylan sings Railroad Bill like that on an old play tape but I believe I've heard it elsewhere too. Anyway, does anyone know about this meolody's origins? It sounds ancient but so do a lot of things with this topic. I hope ya'll know what I'm speaking of. On guitar it goes like C E F.. something like that.