The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #22674   Message #794757
Posted By: Dave Bryant
01-Oct-02 - 10:25 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Long Black Veil
Subject: RE: Info Please: Long Black Veil
The "Streets of Laredo" has virtually the same tune and plot to the much older british "Rake's Lament", "Young Sailor/Soldier cut down in his prime" group of songs. Just as the song was modified for the central character to be a soldier, Sailor, Highwayman etc. someone, presumably across the Atlantic changed it to a Cowboy - perhaps that was done by Dill.

I always understood that "Saint James Imfirmary" was a later adaption of "Laredo".