“Matty Groves”

Christopher Stasheff once said of this ballad that it was the one a wise minstrel performed when he was called in to distract his patrons from an unfortunate dispute, on the principle that whatever had happened, it was unlikely to have been worse than the plot.

Matty Groves, Joan Baez

Yes, I know that there’s half a dozen reasons why Chris Stasheff was spouting off nonsense there. And?

Moe Lane

PS: It’s a murder ballad. They all incorporate poor lifestyle decisions on the part of their participants. And this isn’t even the version with the typical ending.

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