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Who Killed Cock Robin? & other mysteries

GUEST,Murder Ballad Monday 11 May 13 - 01:47 PM
Art Thieme 11 May 13 - 03:46 PM
Mrrzy 11 May 13 - 08:14 PM
Lighter 11 May 13 - 09:48 PM
katlaughing 11 May 13 - 10:25 PM
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Subject: Who Killed Cock Robin? & other mysteries
From: GUEST,Murder Ballad Monday
Date: 11 May 13 - 01:47 PM

This week at Murder Ballad Monday, we give a listen to an old, if not ancient, story and follow its descendants. Some great singers help ask some hard questions.

"Who Killed Cock Robin?" : Ken begins and interrogative week with an interrogative song. Is "Who Killed Cock Robin?" a murder ballad? Well, no, not exactly - but it will lead to the real deal later this week for sure. In the meantime, join Ken and his family, as well as Jean Ritchie, Richard Dyer-Bennet, Robin Roberts, and many other performers as they chart the strange territory this old "toy murder ballad" covers in the worlds of kids and adults alike.

"Who Killed Norma Jean?" : "Who Killed Cock Robin?" may have been a "toy murder ballad", but Pete Seeger's "Who Killed Norma Jean?" is the real thing. Seeger put this poem by one of Marilyn Monroe's friends to music and, in the structure of the old children's song, found a new way to ask questions about who's to blame when the insane world of entertainment in which we all participate sucks our blood and leaves us lifeless on the floor. Janis Ian's voice helps dig deep today as well.

"Who Killed Davey Moore?" : Bob Dylan used the chart revealed in the old folk song "Who Killed Cock Robin?" to navigate the dangerous waters between personal and political blame concerning the death of a boxer from his injuries in the ring. Today, Ken shows us that "Who Killed Davey Moore?" is a sophisticated ship of exploration, revealing powerful and challenging truths about the dark territories we so often ignore.

"Who Killed Fred Hampton?" : A third story from the 1960's comes to us today in song to ask us our haunting question, as we turn to one of our own in the search for answers. In the tradition of Woody Guthrie, "Who Killed Fred Hampton?" finds a different, more pointed answer than we've seen so far this week.

"Who Killed John Lennon" : Ken finishes his week of tracking down distant descendants of "Who Killed Cock Robin?" with a reflection on Ellis Paul's "Who Killed John Lennon". Pete Seeger's unnamed beast with hollow fangs makes its reappearance in these sad lines, and Paul levels an expansive indictment concerning who loaded and emptied the gun. As well, his performances of "King of 7th Avenue" and "River" round out this short and challenging post.


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Subject: RE: Who Killed Cock Robin? & other mysteries
From: Art Thieme
Date: 11 May 13 - 03:46 PM

C.R.'s correct name was Penis Robinowits.


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Subject: RE: Who Killed Cock Robin? & other mysteries
From: Mrrzy
Date: 11 May 13 - 08:14 PM

Cock Robin bugged me as a child... found out too soon whodunit, wby sing rest of song, but I guess it teaches the names of many birds.

Who killed Davey Moore and what's the reason for it is s poem I recall vaguely from a European children's poetry book. He was a boxer, no?


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Subject: RE: Who Killed Cock Robin? & other mysteries
From: Lighter
Date: 11 May 13 - 09:48 PM

But who threw the overalls in Mrs. Murphy's chowder?


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Subject: RE: Who Killed Cock Robin? & other mysteries
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 May 13 - 10:25 PM

LMAO @ Art's last posting!


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