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Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys

GUEST,Dustyfog@webtv.net 25 Sep 00 - 09:33 PM
GospelPicker (inactive) 25 Sep 00 - 09:55 PM
Hotspur 25 Sep 00 - 10:27 PM
Sandy Paton 25 Sep 00 - 10:47 PM
Joe Offer 26 Sep 00 - 04:20 AM
Noreen 26 Sep 00 - 04:28 PM
Catrin 27 Sep 00 - 08:12 AM
Susan of DT 27 Sep 00 - 01:45 PM
bigchuck 27 Sep 00 - 05:17 PM
ddw 28 Sep 00 - 12:38 AM
GUEST 08 Aug 21 - 09:30 AM
Steve Shaw 08 Aug 21 - 09:40 AM
John C. Bunnell 08 Aug 21 - 10:20 AM
GUEST,# 08 Aug 21 - 11:37 AM
GUEST,my daisy true 09 Aug 21 - 09:27 AM
Elmore 09 Aug 21 - 12:15 PM
GUEST,Guest jackaroodave 09 Aug 21 - 01:49 PM
GUEST,# 09 Aug 21 - 01:56 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 09 Aug 21 - 02:09 PM
robomatic 09 Aug 21 - 07:11 PM
pattyClink 09 Aug 21 - 07:44 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 10 Aug 21 - 05:31 AM
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Subject: Looking For songs titles
From: GUEST,Dustyfog@webtv.net
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 09:33 PM

Hi I am looking for songs.About Outlaws ,Gunfighters,Bad guys of all types.And any thing about whiskey running. If you kow of any songs. Please help me either post or send them to me. Thank you


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Subject: RE: Help: Looking For songs titles
From: GospelPicker (inactive)
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 09:55 PM

El Paso... Marty Robbins

Don't Take Your Guns To Town... Johnny Cash

many more but I have little time tonight... feel free to send me a message on my 'Cat personal page. I can hook you up with many more like them.

GospelPicker

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Subject: RE: Help: Looking For songs titles
From: Hotspur
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 10:27 PM

There are traditional ballads about Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Sam Bass, Jim Fisk (robber baron), John Hardy, William Quantrill, Stagolee (whether he was real or not is debateable) and Cole Younger. I found all but Jim Fisk and Quantrill in the DT, I can send those to you if you like. Michael Martin Murphey, the country singer, has a terrific recording of both trad. and contemp. outlaw songs called "Rhymes of the Renegades."

There are several ballads about the English folk hero Dick Turpin also.

These are the ones that spring to mind...if I think of any more, I'll add on later.


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Subject: RE: Help: Looking For songs titles
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 10:47 PM

You should check out the two volume CD set from Yazoo: My Rough and Rowdy Ways, which has Wild Bill Jones, John Hardy, The Fate of Talmedge Osborn, Dupree Blues, Stack-O-Lee, Jesse James, Little Sadie, Bad Man Napper, Otto Wood the Bandit, Louisville Burglar, and many more.

To which one might add "Railroad Bill," "Harvey Logan," and Frank Proffitt's delightful "Moonshine" (available now as a custom cassette from Folk-Legacy, but soon to be released on CD -- at last!).

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Help: Looking For songs titles
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 04:20 AM

Gees, Sandy, you keep mentioning these recordings fromYazoo, all two-volume sets. they all sound enticing. I hope you have some left by the time I see you in October.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Help: Looking For songs titles
From: Noreen
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 04:28 PM

Try clicking on this recent thread: BS: Favorite Badman Ballads

Noreen


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Subject: RE: Help: Looking For songs titles
From: Catrin
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 08:12 AM

Noreen - I was gonna do that!

Cheers,

Catrin - all too ready to show off her new found clicky skills


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Subject: RE: Help: Looking For songs titles
From: Susan of DT
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 01:45 PM

a search for @outlaw gets you 207 songs


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Subject: RE: Help: Looking For songs titles
From: bigchuck
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 05:17 PM

For whiskey running songs, check out "Midnight Run" by Chris Shaw. Great story.


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Subject: RE: Help: Looking For songs titles
From: ddw
Date: 28 Sep 00 - 12:38 AM

Ian Tyson's Cowboyography series has several bad-man ballads in it, by favorite being Claude Dallas. Also Hank Williams Jr. did a great tune called Two Dot, Montana. Can't remember what album it was on —sorry.

david


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Aug 21 - 09:30 AM

I have the Yazoo Rough and Rowdy Ways set, but these old ears cannot make out the lyrics to "Bad Man Napper." Anyone do any better?


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 08 Aug 21 - 09:40 AM

Surely it hasn't taken 21 years for Woody's Pretty Boy Floyd to appear in this thread!


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: John C. Bunnell
Date: 08 Aug 21 - 10:20 AM

Thunder Road is certainly near the top of any grouping of moonshine-related ballads.

Also relevant: Mountain Tay, here performed by the Irish Rovers, concerning excise men and 'shine makers in the hills of Connemara.


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: GUEST,#
Date: 08 Aug 21 - 11:37 AM

The following is from near the bottom of the page that opens. I cannot attest to the accuracy of the liyics. That will take better ears tham mine.

https://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=11316.0

The Bad Man Napper, was the cause of Little Eddie's death today
The Bad Man Napper, was the cause of Little Eddie's death today
I think he slipped and he stole his life, out from behind a big stack of hay

Napper was a bad man, and I hate to sing the song
Old Napper was such a bad man, I hate to sing the song
He made his livin' in stealin', and hidin' it all along

He came to my house, I thought he was comin' to see me
He came to my house, thought he was comin' to see me
When I come to squirrel him out, 'suaded my wife to leave me

Stole a coat from a tailor, weighed sixteen hundred pounds
Stole a coat from a tailor, weighed sixteen hundred pounds
Cost so much he wouldn't pay the tailor, wouldn't meet halfway 'round

Aw, my baby, he don't mean no one man no good
Aw, old Napper, don't mean no one man no good
Lord, I got the same feelin', mama, be the same way if I could

The Sheriff says, "Gentlemen, don't you hesitate."
Sheriff says, "Gentlemen, don't you hesitate.
Get your guns and your horses. Run him out the State."

He is a bad man, I hate to sing the song
He's such a bad man, I hate to sing the song
He makes his livin' in stealin', hidin' it all along

Edited 7/27 to pick up correction from banjochris
Edited 7/28 to pick up correction from Harry
Edited 7/29 to pick up changes from Harry and Johnm


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: GUEST,my daisy true
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 09:27 AM

here's a gunfighter song set near leadville,colorado

bad guy gets it in the end


https://soundcloud.com/dshifl/my-daisy-true


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: Elmore
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 12:15 PM

I don't see On the Road to Fairfax County by David Massengill or The Highwayman by Phil Ochs (with a little help from Alfred Noyes)on this thread. Sorry if I missed them.


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: GUEST,Guest jackaroodave
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 01:49 PM

Thank you, #.! Nowadays, I make out a lot of the language I hear by context and inference, and those lyrics make it clear that strategy was never going to work. If it's not perfect, that's OK, just finding out what weighed 1600 pounds is more than enough.


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: GUEST,#
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 01:56 PM

You're most welcome, jackaroodave. And thanks for introducing a new-to-me song.


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 02:09 PM

The Robin Hood stuff would fill a volume or three of its own.

Lyr/Tune Req: Joaquin Murrieta
Origin: Red Headed Stranger (Stutz/Calisch)
Lyr Add: I Shot the Sheriff (Bob Marley)
Lyr Req: A Pirate Looks at Forty (Jimmy Buffett)


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: robomatic
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 07:11 PM

"Copperhead Road" by Steve Earle


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: pattyClink
Date: 09 Aug 21 - 07:44 PM

Gracious! A Pirate Looks at Forty?   I was listening to the Boats CD and thinking how a few of his songs really deserve to pass into folk status. But geez, classified as bad guys? I'm gonna plead Victimless Crime and ask for mercy.


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 10 Aug 21 - 05:31 AM

Methinks the 'folk' ship sailed at Marty Robbins. You say 'bad' like it's a bad thing. Jack Sparrow, Han Solo, Aeneas:

Come away, fellow sailors, your anchors be weighing,
Time and tide will admit no delaying.
Take a boozy short leave of your nymphs on the shore,
And silence their mourning with vows of returning
But never intending to visit them more.


And some gunfighters wear white hats.
When a Cowboy Trades his Spurs for Wings
(Rawlings & Welch, 2018)

Let me tell you, buddy
There's a faster gun
Coming over yonder
When tomorrow comes
Let me tell you, buddy
And it won't be long
'Til you find yourself singing
Your last cowboy song

(chorus)
Yippee-ki-yi-yay
When the round-up ends
Yippee-ki-yi-yay
And the campfire dims
Yippee-ki-yi-yay
He shouts and he sings
When a cowboy trades his spurs for wings

When they wrap my body
In a thin linen sheet
And they take my six irons
And pull the boots from my feet
Unsaddle my pony
She'll be itching to roam
And I'll be halfway to heaven
Under horsepower of my own

(chorus)

Yippee-ki-yi-yay
I'm glory-bound
No more jingle-jangle
I lay my guns down
Yippee-ki-yi-yay
He shouts and he sings
When a cowboy trades his spurs for wings
When a cowboy trades his spurs for wings
When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: GUEST,Modette
Date: 10 Aug 21 - 12:46 PM

Ry Cooder on modern crooks - No Banker Left Behind.


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Subject: RE: Songs about outlaws, gunfighters, bad guys
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 10 Aug 21 - 01:23 PM

I've written several songs about John Dillinger and his gang. There's also one I wrote about MachineGun Jack McGurn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gTlKeEfpB4&t=22s


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