Thursday, 10 December 2009

The Mythical West: An Encyclopedia of Legend, Lore, and Popular Culture

by Richard W. Slatta

In 1964 Phil Ochs wrote "The Ballad of Alfred Packer." The chorus runs:

They called him a murderer, a cannibal, a thief;
It just doesn't pay to eat anything but Government-inspected beef. (Ballad of Alferd Packer Web Site)

Ochs published the song in Broadside magazine, which also featured a cartoon with Republican politicians celebrating the fact that Alfred had eaten five Democrats.

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