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phil ochs troubador

poor, poor pitiful me

While I peel and core a bushel of apples for pie filling, I leave you with a poll.

Poll #1632976 The Folk Process

When I lay my head on the railroad track...

...I wait for the Double E
50(32.7%)
...I stare at the sky all painted up
38(24.8%)
...the rail's hummin; there's a train comin'
65(42.5%)

Choose your weapon:

He packs a .44
21(13.7%)
He packs a .45
48(31.4%)
It was with his Iver Johnson gun.
32(20.9%)
A .44 smokeless laid under my head.
52(34.0%)

When Stagger Lee shot Billy...

...the bullet went through Billy DeLyon, broke the bartender's looking glass.
48(31.2%)
...Delia DeLyon shot Stagger Lee in the balls.
28(18.2%)
...it was because Billy won Stagger Lee's brand new Stetson hat.
28(18.2%)
...it was down at the Lions Club
13(8.4%)
...nonsense, it was in a pub called the Bucket of Blood
26(16.9%)
...it occurred during a coercive sex act
11(7.1%)

When I die...

...bury me in my high-top Stetson Hat
12(7.7%)
...with a gold piece on my watchchain
9(5.8%)
...six pretty maidens to carry my pall
30(19.4%)
...six crapshooters to carry my coffin
3(1.9%)
...six coal-black hustlers, rather
9(5.8%)
...so they'll know I died standing pat.
20(12.9%)
...whatever, so long as there's a jazz band
72(46.5%)

Ticky?

Ticky.
126(72.0%)
No ticky.
49(28.0%)

Comments

There's a book out there I read that details how the actual murder was part of a political struggle in Saint Louis. It's a great book, but I have no time for searching bibliography matters at the moment.
Waiting for the Double E, you say? That sounds like my life, only with buses, not trains.
Mmmmm, jazz...
Can I have the six pretty maidens and the jazz band?
Bah! Unclosed tag after the 'and'. Sorry.
If you haven't already read it, The Rose and Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad is a pretty interesting look at several well-known ballads. It's mostly essays, but a few folks wrote short stories or produced artwork based on the songs. (Sharyn McCrumb, in particular, wrote a short story I loved.) The CD of the same title is pretty nifty too.
Okay, so now I have a question for you:

When you make a bushel's worth of apple pie filling, do you:

a) Can it?
b) Freeze it?
c) Something else?

I ask because I tried canning apple pie filling this year, and it was a dismal failure. So I was wondering if someone else had come up with a better recipe.
Can it. The trick is not to cook the apples; you just parboil them and then pour the hot syrup over them before sealing.
I don't know, but there was definitely a Stetson involved.
Maybe two.
Seven women going to the boneyard, but only six of them coming back.
Mad Libs mix-n-match works . . .
The Grateful Dead version ("shot him in the balls") owns. Period.
I am terribly disappointed that there is no 'Wrong 'Em Boyo' option.
Back in the 70's, when Folk music was the officially sanctioned music for children, and I was a children, I got in trouble more than once for knowing versions and verses other than the nice ones in the book.
Though my initial reaction to "When I die..." was "please bury me deep, down at the end of Bleecker Street." Because that's how my mother raised me.

Er On that music. Not buried alive at the end of a road.