Season 615 - Who Is Most Guilty?

Time for my first song! I Fought the Law (the Crickets, with a famous The Clash cover), played on electric ukulele for some ironic rock/punk. Fitting the crime theme of the assassin - armed robbery could easily turn deadly. I can think of a few other choices here, but it's on to the next theme for now!

 
Thanks hosting and the thought provoking theme, Joo! I'm going with my second list based on who caused her death... it's her damn fault and here's a "wife" song, but perhaps more in her voice than a song mentioning a female spouse. I hope that's cool... I think it might fit the story well.

I've been having some fun learning this one, searching for those falsetto notes in my as close to i can get register to Duffy... it's 'Syrup and Honey'...

 
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A short poem by Robert Burns which considers the marital status from the wife's point of view.
 
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Well, the boatman was last on my list.

I got these lyrics, so I will share them.

I have a song to cover the husband and wife. Don’t know if I can get through the lover and assassin though.

My boy is back in ICU again. It’s been a long year for him, and all of us.

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The Boatman

I am the boatman, my job is quite plain
To wait by the river, in sun or in rain.

The water is deep here, the bridge far away. I’ll take you right over, as long as you pay.

I am the Boatman, if you pay the fare,
In just a few moments, you’ll be over there.

I’m not a farmer, a smith or a clerk
When I ask for money, they call me a jerk.

The fare is my income, and how I pay rent
I can’t live on nothing, my good will is spent.

I am the Boatman, if you pay the fare,
In just a few moments, you’ll be over there.

I was a boatman until yesterday
I sold my small ferry, to make up my pay.

I’m leaving the River, and I’m not upset.
I know that you’ll miss me when you get all wet!

I am the Boatman, if you pay the fare,
In just a few moments, you’ll be over there.

I am the boatman, if you will not pay
You’ll have to swim for it, and be wet all day.
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If anyone needs a boatman song, have at it!

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Well, the boatman was last on my list.

I got these lyrics, so I will share them.

I have a song to cover the husband and wife. Don’t know if I can get through the lover and assassin though.

My boy is back in ICU again. It’s been a long year for him, and all of us.

………………………………………………..

The Boatman

I am the boatman, my job is quite plain
To wait by the river, in sun or in rain.

The water is deep here, the bridge far away. I’ll take you right over, as long as you pay.

I am the Boatman, if you pay the fare,
In just a few moments, you’ll be over there.

I’m not a farmer, a smith or a clerk
When I ask for money, they call me a jerk.

The fare is my income, and how I pay rent
I can’t live on nothing, my good will is spent.

I am the Boatman, if you pay the fare,
In just a few moments, you’ll be over there.

I was a boatman until yesterday
I sold my small ferry, to make up my pay.

I’m leaving the River, and I’m not upset.
I know that you’ll miss me when you get all wet!

I am the Boatman, if you pay the fare,
In just a few moments, you’ll be over there.

I am the boatman, if you will not pay
You’ll have to swim for it, and be wet all day.
……………………………………………….
If anyone needs a boatman song, have at it!

🙂
Really sorry to hear this Tom ...all best wishes to you and your family!
 
Taking into account only those facts revealed in the story and not speculating beyond that I chose the wife as the first person most responsible for her death. She should never have left her house but she chose to leave it anyway and thus unwittingly put her life in danger. She then had a second chance. Her only means to cross the river was the bridge guarded by the assassin. She didn't have to cross the bridge but she chose to anyway and it resulted in her death. She could have stayed on the other side of the river and lived with whatever consequences that would have occurred from her not being home when her husband arrived.

My first song is about a wedding gone awry - There Goes The Bride by The Derailers. (I love the chorus on this one!) If you like honky-tonk, Bakersfield, Buck Owens type of country music you should really give them a listen, they're excellent, particularly their first 3 or 4 albums.

 
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Here's one for the hubby. It's a solo 'ukulele version of 'Talking to the Moon' arranged and taught by Brittni Paiva 🙌🏽🔥.

I just got it down last week, so I'm glad it works (well enough) for this Season's theme 😁 I'm looking forward to polishing it up a bit more over the years, but stoked to have it in the bag!

 
When Miss Joo turned on her computer and logged into the UU......


that's what i am talking about!

I need to make my way to work first, then when I'm taking a break i will be back!
 
Your point about the assassin didn't occur to me! Maybe the husband knew his wife was cheating so he hired an assassin to kill her. His being out of town when the murder occurred would be his alibi and would distance himself from any suspicion. He knew that if he were out of town his wife would go and visit her lover. He knew that she didn't have any money to pay the boatman so he knew she would have to take the bridge so he set her up there.
That's what I was thinking. Husband would have been the angriest.
 
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Husband hired the assassin
Lover was a dirt bag for a couple of reasons
Wife just shouldn't have gotten involved with the sleazy lover
Assassin was just a hired gun.
Boatman wasn't really involved.

Now I have to come up with songs.
 
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Another one. I haven't heard this song in years but it struck me as appropriate.

Traditional but has been sung by many people.

I'll put the words up for posterity - any omissions/inaccuracies are entirely mine.

Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk

Oh friends, I have a sad story
a very sad story to tell
I married a man for his money
and he's worse than the devil himself

For when Mickey gets drunk I get battered
he batters me all black and blue
and if I say a word I get scattered
from the kitchen right to the front room

I'll go and I'll get blue bleezing blind drunk
just to give old Mickey a warning
and just out of spite
I might stay out all night
and come rolling on drunk in the morning

Of whiskey I never was a lover
but what can a poor woman do?
I'll go and I'll drown all my sorrows
but I wish I could drown Mickey too.

All my friends and all my relations
they tell me that I should leave home
but frightened as I am of Mickey
I'm more frightened of being alone

I'll go and I'll get blue bleezing blind drunk
just to give old Mickey a warning
and just out of spite
I might stay out all night
and come rolling on drunk in the morning


 
thank you for this week Joo and one of the best and most thought provoking themes for a season i can remember.
i chose the lover as most culpable b/c i saw him as someone who was preying on a broken woman in a failed marriage.
this is an original song i just wrote from his perspective.

BRIDGE

i'm just a drop in the ocean
got no soil left to till
i'm a dying branch & i'm ready to break
hoping somebody else will

before me. can't you see?
i''ve got no cup left to fill
& i'm tossing & turning beside myself
i'm ready to pay my bill

lovers come & lovers go
& lovers dress you up
& lovers like a whiskey glass
can never fill you up

she fell into me & i fell into her
but once you cross that bridge you can't get back

she's layin in her grave now
& she aint comin back
& i'm runnin just like Judas ran
but i can't take the slack

she fell into me & i fell into her
but once you cross that bridge you can't get back
I'm replying before I even listened to it. Now I want to listen.

This tells it all. The lover was the perp. Like Joo said, "wow."
 
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Ok, I've been ruminating on this all day and I've come to*:
Assassin: The first and most responsible is the person holding the knife
Lover: Seriously, bro. She's taking a risk for you, least you can do is spot her cab fare. Just way too callous.
Wife: Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Husband: Wife is clearly lonely and struggling. Husband is dismissive and disconnected. Doesn't even seem to like her. No wonder she's straying.
Boatman: Dude is just trying to make a living.

*If any of the above hired the assassin, they instantly jump to #1. They all have motive. Even the Boatman could have hired the assassin to make the bridge too scary to use and thereby increase his business.

I've got something brewing that should hit Assassin & Lover, but it's new to me and I need to practice a bit. Stay tuned.
 
'Murder in the City' by the Avett Brothers. Haven't multitracked in a while, so I dusted off my Acapella app and tried out the new tahitian uke with the Pohaku soprano and a lil baritone for the other end.

Kinda wish I knew what I was doing, but the exploration and learning is fun enough. I guess I did ok, but I wouldn't say "I killed it." 😏

 
Remember, Mr. T sleeps on his back and sees everything!
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While Mr T is pretending to sleep but keeping an eye on EVERYTHING.....

We currently have
5 suspects,
22 videos,
1 cat,
3 actually, Seamus the rodent destroyer,
and
the fabulous Felix,
brought by AlanDP,

and
16 uke-players playing judges to this perplexing scenario,
with another 2 musicians backing Wendy up,
one playing guitar and the other bass,
their names are John and Mick.

Who is the most guilty?

Stay tuned for more findings.....

PS. I have left out one highly suspicious person donning a mask while playing a lovely instrumental at post #73.
Could he be the mastermind of this crime?
 
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