Songs for Mississippi Jack

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  • “Angel Band” Yep, here it is again. Just can’t get enough of this tune. Here it is by the gospel trio, Shiloh. Looks cheesy, but give it a chance – the women are great with the harmony and it just does not get any more authentic than this

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  • “Rye Whiskey” Mike Fink sings it as “Corn Whiskey” because that’s what bourbon is made out of. Here’s Jesse Colin Young

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  • “The Boatman’s Dance” Most of the YouTube entries for this song are instrumentals, but this Laurenson one has the words and tune, and, even though he’s a skinny little guy, standing on what looks like a high school stage, it’s almost like Mike would sing it

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  • “Plasir d’Amour” This was mentioned in Under the Jolly Roger, but not sung. It will be sung again in Bonny Light Horseman – hey, I don’t know many French songs from that era so I gotta use what I got. This song was a favorite of the unfortunate and ill-used Queen Marie Antoinette. Here’s Nana Mouskouri.

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  • “Pretty Peggy-O” Sometimes known as “Fennario”. Great song done by many people, among them Bob Dylan, and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Since, in the book, the song is sung as a duet by Jacky and Captain Allen, both English persons, best check out versions by the Dubliners under “Bonny Lass of Fyvie”
  • And the Clancy Brothers under “The Maid of Fife”

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  • “Black Snake Blues” Made up lyrics by Solomon on board the Belle of the Golden West. Tune and delivery very similar to Blind Lemon Jefferson doing “Black Snake Moan”

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  • A verse from “Streets of Laredo” Of course, this was a much later song – Laredo didn’t even exist at the time, but we’re sure the verses were around in other contexts. Here’s Johnny Cash.
  • And John Cale – a bit stranger, but catches the spirit of the thing

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  • “The Young Girl’s Lament” Couldn’t find anything on youtube, but the melody is the same as “Streets of Laredo” but sung more bluesy and slow. We have a great version of it by Mama Cass when she was with the Big 3, but, alas, it is on vinyl and not on youtube – however, it is available now on Amazon... And probably itunes. This song has a lot in common with “The House of the Rising Sun,” the New Orleans brothel that Jacky winds up in at the end of this book and the most famous house of ill repute in musical history. Check out The Animals iconic version of it the video where they’re young and wearing those silly suits bad hair, bad skin, bad teeth, bad threads, but still the best version ever

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