William Joseph Dean is a character a often come back to. In this song, he just returned from the dead, trying to bring hell to earth. William’s mother was a crazy, god fearing, fanatic christian named Mary Lee (which is also the title of a song I’ve written about her). She is one of the reasons for Billy becoming so evil. At some time during his youth he met a girl named Polly, and they travelled the roads together for a while, until Billy murdered her. His first kill. One can hear about this in (my version of) Pretty Polly (a traditional song). Now, a vicious spiral was set and William did whatever evil stuff he pleased. Finally a group of people found enough courage to form a mob to get rid of Billy. Of that you can hear in the song William Joseph Dean. They caught William and hung him in a great white oak tree. You can hear about Billy’s final ours in life, and the passing over to death, in Mean Old Billy’s Cry For Freedom. All of these songs have been recorded and are released on my first ”real” one-man-band-album ’S/T’ (BGJ001/TGR007) from 2012. Except for Mean Old Billy’s Cry For Freedom which has been recorded with the band ”Det Blev Handgemäng” and released 2009 on their first demo/EP.
from Moan Snake Moan,
released September 10, 2014
Bror Gunnar Jansson vocals, guitar, banjo, drums, percussion Emanuel Svensson drums - Kristin Nordén pump organ - Max Lindahl trumpet - Emma Augustsson cello - David Edefors bass tuba