Murder Ballads

History of Sorts


Many years ago I bought an Album by Nick Cave and the Badseeds called Murder Ballads.

And ever since I have been intrigued by the contrast the soft smooth tones of a ballad combined with the description of one or more heinous crimes. These Murder Ballads are not only done by Nick Cave but also other artists from a wide range of musical genres. In this piece I will be highlighting a few of them.

Starting off with one of the most famous Murder Ballads from the aforementioned album.

This is the Hüsker Dü classic ‘Diane’ but performed by Therapy? from Northern Ireland

Staying on the emerald isle “the Long black veil”by the Chieftains with their partner in Crime, Mick Jagger.

The Louvin Brothers, “Knoxville Girl”Perfect harmonies describing a vicious killing is sort of like china dolls: beautiful and creepy.

Dixie Chicks, “Goodbye Earl”

“Goodbye Earl” is a true murder ballad…

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