Duncan and Brady [Laws I9]

DESCRIPTION: Policeman Brady walks into Duncan's bar and attempts to arrest the latter. Duncan, unwilling to have his business ruined, shoots Brady. Neither Brady's family nor those around Duncan seem to care much; Brady's wife looks forward to getting his pension
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Sandburg)
KEYWORDS: homicide family
REFERENCES (11 citations):
Laws I9, "Brady (Duncan and Brady)"
BrownII 248, "Brady" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanIV 248, "Brady" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
Scarborough-NegroFS, pp. 85-87, "Duncan and Brady" (3 texts; the second is incomplete and may well be a version of "Joseph Mica (Mikel) (The Wreck of the Six-Wheel Driver) (Been on the Choly So Long)" [Laws I16] with some Brady lyrics mixed in; both the second an third start with lines from "Twinkle Twinke Little Star")
Sandburg, pp. 198-199, "Brady" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Boswell/Wolfe 46, pp. 80-81, "Brady, Why Didn't You Run? (Duncan and Brady)" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-Singing, pp. 333-335, "Duncan and Brady" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 375-376, "Been on the Job Too Long" (1 text)
Botkin-MRFolklr, p. 596, "Duncan and Brady" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Moses Asch and Alan Lomax, Editors, _The Leadbelly Songbook_, Oak, 1962, p. 74, "Duncan and Brady" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #4177
Arthur "Brother-in-Law" Armstrong, "Brady" (AFS 3978 B3, 1940)
Wilmer Watts & the Lonely Eagles, "Been on the Job Too Long" (Paramount 3210, 1930; on TimesAint01)

cf. "Casey Jones (I)" [Laws G1] (lyrics)
cf. "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (lyrics)
cf. "Otto Wood the Bandit" (lyrics)
NOTES [61 words]: The notes in Brown describe a history of this ballad which bears little resemblance to the song itself: Brady is not a policeman but the criminal in the piece, shot by deputy Albert Bounds around 1900. Boswell/Wolfe repeats this, but it is noteworthy that Laws quotes none of this. I think we must hold the question open as to what, if anything, inspired this song. - RBW
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File: LI09

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