St. Croix's Long and Winding Shores
DESCRIPTION: Jim Tombs is on the run "from his cruel foes." Gillis "like a beast of prey," finds and kills him. A passing good Samaritan tries but fails to save Tombs. "Gillis is gone, his victory won"
EARLIEST DATE: 1962 (Ives-Maine)
KEYWORDS: homicide manhunt death
FOUND IN: US(NE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Ives-Maine 6, "St. Croix's Long and Winding Shores" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Ives-Maine: From a letter, "'Saint Croix Long Winding Shores' was written around Vanceboro and Saint Croix, New Brunswick, back in the late 1800's, probably about 1885, the author unknown."
Ives-Maine:"One of the most interesting things about this particular song is its moral inconclusiveness. Justice is not done. Gillis may be likened to a beast of prey, but he wins and is gone. Needless to say, this is not common in traditional songs of this period." - BS
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