Marian Henderson :: Streets Of Forbes

Ben Hall isn’t Australia’s most notorious outlaw bushranger (those honors belongs to Ned Kelly), and the song Hall inspired, "Streets of Forbes", isn’t the country’s most famous folk narrative (cue "Waltzing Matilda").

"Streets of Forbes", however, is the best, firmly in the tradition of outlaw ballads such as "The Ballad of Jesse James and Pretty Boy Floyd". The song details the 1865 death of Ben Hall as he attempted to make his dreamed escape to America, ambushed by police on the New South Wales high plains in a Bonnie and Clyde-style death scene . . .

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