The Basement Tapes Complete Vol. It wasn’t a protest or a topical song and there was no love for people in it. Articles with hAudio microformats All articles with failed verification Articles with failed verification from November All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from September Just a damned lie. But I will tell you one thing. Dylan misspells the perpetrator’s name, omitting the letter T – perhaps deliberately, out of contempt, or perhaps to emphasise the Snidely Whiplash hissing of the Zs. Zantzinger, who had just turned 24, also demanded a drink from bartender Hattie Carroll.

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Dylan’s poetry has caused Hattie Carroll’s name, and the sorrow and true lonesomeness of her death, to stick in some people’s minds. Oh, but you who philosophise disgrace and criticise all fears, Bury the rag deep in your face For now’s httie time for your tears. On the long and sad list of victims of racial violence, most names are forgotten after the news moves on.

Life after a lonesome death

The Basement Tapes Complete Vol. Hatfie abused the serving staff, stumbled through dances, hit his wife, and even got into a fist fight with another guest. Zantzinger, who had just turned 24, also demanded a drink from bartender Hattie Carroll. The schools of Charles County were not integrated until Zantzinger was found guilty lonseome that, and of assault – but not of murder.

Zantzinger was initially charged with murder. Zantzinger’s motive, Dylan sings, was that he “just happened to be feelin’ that way without warnin'”.

The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll – Wikipedia

Lonessome, if the man who killed Hattie Carroll is willing to repent, and if he is really godly sorry for what he did – and God knows if you are truly godly cwrroll – I know God will forgive.


In the parish hall, still glowing from his preaching, he told me that he had been away at a seminary when Hattie Carroll died. Another Self Portrait — Vol. Within five minutes from the time of the blow, Carroll leaned heavily against the barmaid next to her and complained of feeling ill.

He describes writing out the words of ” Pirate Jenny ” or “The Black Freighter” in order to understand how the Brecht—Weill song achieved its effect. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Counting on a lack of attention all around, he simply went on collecting rents as before.

An introduction to the Bob Dylan era. His defense was that he had been extremely drunk, [5] and he claimed to have hatgie memory of the attack.

bob dylan the lonesome death of hattie carroll

Recorded on October 23,the song was released on Dylan’s album, The Times They Are a-Changin’ and gives a generally factual account of the killing of a year-old African-American barmaid, Hattie Carroll, by the year-old William Devereux “Billy” Zantzinger February 7, — January 3,a young man from a wealthy white tobacco farming family in Charles County, Marylandand of his subsequent sentence to six months in a county jail, after being convicted of assault.

Rare and Unreleased — Vol. Hattie Carroll was a year-old Black woman who had somewhere between nine and 13 children accounts vary and several grandchildren.

Subject of Bob Dylan ballad”. Because Dylan’s song made him a “story”, in the news sense, reporters come to Charles County, Maryland every so often to see what Zantzinger is up to now. Using a toy cane, Zantzinger drunkenly assaulted at least three of the Emerson Hotel workers: After the sentence was announced, the New York Herald Tribune conjectured he was given a sentence that short to keep him out of the largely black state prison, reasoning his notoriety would make him a target for abuse there.


The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun all ran brief stories about the sentencing; none mentioned that anybody objected to the lightness of the sentence. The song is also part of his touring repertoire, an exposure that has brought it many listeners in recent years. When she didn’t bring it immediately, he cursed at her.

Such dispensations were not uncommon, apparently, for offenders who had farms. Zantzinger reportedly now lives on a farm in neighbouring St Mary’s County.

Life after a lonesome death | Music | The Guardian

Bob Dylanaged 22 at that time, was one of the celebrities at the march and on the journey home to New York City he read about the conviction of Zantzinger and decided to write a protest song about the case. Dylan took some liberties with the story.

For the dlyan on the hotel employees: Discography Awards Bibliography Songs written by Dylan.

bob dylan the lonesome death of hattie carroll