JJs Vinyl Madness Countdown #971
By Joliet Jake
March 19, 2017 4:23am CST
Sunday morning finds us pondering the ages-old question: Why the hell did you shoot her boy? Over the past 48 years, there have been several guesses/theories, and even the writer has postulated various scenarios...but the song never tells us. We only know "Down by the river, I shot my baby dead." I hope she at least got a decent burial...
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19 Mar 17
That's been the question for a number of those murder ballads. I remember a DJ on WSM playing "Knoxville Girl," which ends with the man in prison "because I murdered that Knoxville girl, the girl that I loved so," and after the song he said, "Well, if he loved her, why did he kill her?" Maybe she didn't like the fact that this song was over nine minutes long....