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Revisiting the Ballad 'Frankie and Johnny'

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Revisiting the Ballad 'Frankie and Johnny'

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Revisiting the Ballad 'Frankie and Johnny'

Revisiting the Ballad 'Frankie and Johnny'

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"Frankie and Johnny" is a classic American ballad about a woman who shoots her lover for cheating. It's based on a true story and has been rewritten by countless writers and recorded by dozens of performers. Novelist Cecil Brown wrote an essay about the song for the new book The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad. Hear Brown and NPR's Steve Inskeep.