For quite a while I've been singing 'Leaving Home', which is Charlie Poole's take on the Frankie and Albert theme, and I remembered reading that Frankie and Johnny has been speculated as being based on one or more real-life crimes. I like the idea of writing something based loosely on real life events that did not actually happen to me. But where could I find a story with the appropriate resonances? I thought about it a bit and thought: Snopes. After a lot of clicking around, I came across this story of love betrayed and thought: that could be it.
And there things stood for many months.
But tonight at the coffee shop the logjam broke and I wrote down a set of lyrics. It's all still pretty rough, and it hasn't been set to music yet, but I think it has potential. We will see! (Mind you, in terms of an accurate report of the events in question, it's about as accurate as Frankie and Johnny is.)