December 7, 2011 1:00 PM

Murder, they wrote: Killers and mayhem are the ballads of this ball

An ages-old tale of violence and mayhem inspired the idea that would flourish into the inaugural (and now annual) Murder Ballad Ball: a Rev. Gary Davis recording of “She Wouldn’t Say Quit,” which includes a seduction and an attempted-drowning and a beating or two.

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