Indiana Wants Me

What was it with sixties/seventies song writers and murderers?
€œThe Green, Green Grass Of Home and the Bee Gees’€™ €Gotta Get A Message To You both feature convicts on Death Row and R Dean Taylor€™s €œIndiana Wants Me,€ someone on the run. Another song occupying this territory is Elton John’s €œHave Mercy On The Criminal€ from the Don’t Shoot Me I’€™m Only The Piano Player album but in that one it’s not clear whether the convict is a murderer or not.
(There are bound to be more examples of this sort of thing but I can’€™t bring them to mind at the moment.)

Is it just a cheap shot at sentimentality like the use of motor cycle accidents in Twinkle’s €œTerry€ and the Shangri-Las’ €œLeader Of The Pack?€

âIndiana Wants Me€ in particular has a shocking first line; by which I do not mean it’€™s a bad line – on the contrary, it’s a very good first line** -€“ but that the sentiment it expresses is reprehensible; one which no-one ought to think, still less act on.

R Dean Taylor did go in for sound effects, though, didn’€™t he? There were the tyres in Gotta See Jane, and listen to the howl of the sirens in this one.

**It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines.

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  1. MrH

    Bit slow to reply but I can’t understand a post about convict-related music not even mentioning the man in black.

    Mr Cash is rolling in his underground cell…

  2. jackdeighton

    I have a blind deaf spot where country music is concerned. Johnny Cash isn’t really on my radar.

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