Monday, January 24, 2011

Murder-Song Monday: Caleb Meyer

This is one of the most brutal and dramatic murder-songs ever. There is an amazing toughness about the narrative voice, as of one who has endured much. It is a murder-song, but also a ghost-story. Written by Gillian Welch, but it has all the feel of a traditional ballad. It is lyrically sparse, feeling almost claustrophobic, like many murder-songs of the past, as if the singer is carrying on a long and burdensome conversation with herself.



BTW, Joan Baez's version is beautifully told.

3 comments:

nance marie said...

good.

listened to this one too...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUUTReVLg0g&feature=related

nance marie said...

ps.
like the profile pic.

Bob said...

Yup, Orphan Girl is a great song. As you know, I love everything by those two.