Robbery & Murder

by David Olney

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"Robbery & Murder" is the third installment of David Olney's thematic mini-album series launched in 2011 on Deadbeet Records. Each EP – "Robbery & Murder", "Film Noir" and "The Stone" – includes contemporary reinterpretations of some of David's well-known, signature catalog tunes and several new songs to tell these themed stories.

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released October 30, 2012

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DAVID OLNEY – ROBBERY & MURDER
Two Love Stories – The story of Betty and Dupree is told from three different angles coming to three different conclusions. But the core of the tale is the diamond ring. It is the key to the romantic negotiating between the two lovers. No ring, no love. The second tale is one of love and treachery, abandonment and murder. We get the story first from Delia’s lover. Next we hear from her husband, and finally, from Delia’s ghost. The course of true love never runs smooth.

1 Go Down, Dupree
2 Another Place, Another Time
3 Banks Of The River (Interlude 1)
4 Betty And Dupree
5 My Family Owns This Town
6 Banks Of The River (Interlude 2)
7 Gold Diamond Ring
8 Banks Of The River

Performed by
David Olney - vocal, guitar, bass, whistle, ukulele, harmonica
Jack Irwin - drums, percussion, piano, pump organ, vibes, orchestrations
Jim Hoke - saxophones, harmonica, bass harmonica, clarinet, autoharp

Produced by Jack Irwin
Recorded at Silvertone Recording Service
Series Graphic Design by Paul Needham / mohawkvisuals.com

“Pickled Bones” by Mark Gerking, digitally rendered illustration
Photograph of David Olney by Gregg Roth

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RIYL: Townes Van Zandt, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Randy Newman, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller

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Track Name: Go Down Dupree
Betty and Dupree had a love affair
But Betty don’t believe that Dupree care
Dupree said, I love, baby, that’s the truth
Betty say, you got to show me some proof

Betty say she want a diamond ring
And fifteen pearls on a golden chain
Give me a ruby that’ll shine like the moon
Bring‘em here, baby, and bring’em here soon

She said, Go down, Dupree, go down
Go down, Dupree, go down

Dupree went home and got his forty four
He walked on down to the jewelry store
And he said to the man, I ain’t here to play
Give me your jewels before I blow you away

The man said, Alright, but don’t you do me no harm
Dupree never seen him hit the burglar alarm
He walked out of the store straight into the cops
Well, he never had a chance so he just give up

And it’s go down, Dupree, go down
Go down, Dupree, go down

Betty saw Dupree in the federal slam
He said, You’re the reason I’m where I am
And it’s ten long years ‘fore they let me out
Betty said, Don’t cry, it’s the thought that counts


She said, Go down, Dupree, go down
Go down, Dupree, go down
Go down, Dupree, go down
Go down, Dupree, go down
Track Name: Another Place, Another Time
Long ago, far away but not forgotten
Love lives in this memory of mine
And when the night wind blows
Back through the years my memory goes
To another place, another time

I once loved a woman, her name was Delia Jones
She lived in the mansion on the hill
In the night she’d slip away
And stay with me ‘til break of day
In my cabin out behind her husband’s mill

When her husband heard the rumors ‘bout what his wife was doin’
He swore to hunt me down and hang me high
With his money power and pride
He had the law on his side
So I lit out on a cold and moonless night

I caught a train from Lenoir all the way to Baltimore
For a year the down town mission was my home
I was safe and I was free
But I was lone some as could be
And I longed for the love that I had known

So in the cold northern wind I was headin’ south again
Like a moth headin’ straight for the flame
I’ll either make her mine
Or God knows I’ll die tryin’
Life or death without her love it’s all the same

On the outskirts of town on the road I met a stranger
I said, Friend, do you know Delia Jones
He said, I’m sorry to have to say
But she’s been dead one year today
And why she took her life we’ve never known

Her husband always said that Delia went crazy
Her rich friends say Delia just got bored
Ah, but other folks say
A broken heart was to blame
The truth is only known to the lord

The years have blown by like the leaves of late Autumn
I can’t hold the love I left behind
But when the night wind moans
Back through the years my memory goes
To another place, another time
To another place, another time
Track Name: My Family Owns This Town
My family owns this town, they built the mill
We live in the mansion on the hill
We had slaves before the war
We don’t need slaves anymore
Money talks, money always will
My family owns this town, they built the mill

I was very happy with my life
Until that ugly business with my wife
She’d been keeping to her room
With her sadness and her gloom
We never touched, she locked her door at night
She dared deny me of my legal right

Then one day I began to hear
Talk my wife was having an affair
It seems Delia found her joy
With some common local boy
As for myself, I did not really care
But the family shame was more than I could bear
The boy ran off before I could make him pay
I dealt with poor Delia in my own way
I drown her in the river
I just could not forgive her
Her suicide was all the news next day
But the boy ran off before I could make him pay

My family owns this town, they built the mill
We live in the mansion on the hill
We had slaves before the war
We don’t need slaves anymore
Money talks, money always will
My family owns this town, they built the mill
Track Name: Gold Diamond Ring
In a jewelry store in a south side neighborhood
I was looking fine and pretty just like a gold diamond ring should
Dupree come in with a gun
Said, Cool out, everyone
I want that gold diamond ring ‘cause that gold diamond ring looks good
Well, he took me and he ran like a man never ran before
And he didn’t stop movin’ ‘til he reached his sweetheart’s door
He said, Betty, I stole this for you
To prove my love is true
Then he slipped on her finger and they kissed and then they kissed some more

Gold diamond ring
Shinin’ with a light from above
Gold diamond ring
Shinin’ with a true, true love
He said, Betty I stole this for you
To prove my love is true
He slipped me on her finger and they kissed and then they kissed some more

Betty and Dupree still together after all these years
There’s been some ups and downs, some laughter and some tears
Good times, bad times, too
Somehow they made it through
True love conquers all from the cradle to the rockin’ chair

Sometimes they hop in the car and they drive around the old neighborhood
Dupree points out the spot where the jewelry store stood
Betty looks at her wedding band
Third finger on her left hand
She can’t describe how she feels ‘cept to say that it sure feels good

Gold diamond ring
Shinin’ with a light from above
Gold Diamond ring
Shinin’ with a true, true love
That’s right here I am
Third finger on her left hand
We can’t describe how we feel ‘cept to say that it sure feels good
Track Name: The Banks Of The River
Meet me tonight by the banks of the river
The banks of the river tonight
Meet me tonight by the banks of the river
The banks of the river tonight

I’ll wait for you by the banks of the river
By the banks of the river tonight
I’ll wait for you by the banks of the river
B the banks of the river

I never knew love could be warm and true, love
Until you held me, love, beneath the moonlight
My life began with a touch of your hand
So meet me, my love, by the river tonight

Meet me, my love, by the banks of the river
By the banks of the river tonight
Meet me, my love by the banks of the river tonight
I’ll wait for you by the banks of the river
The banks of the river tonight
I’ll wait for you by the banks of the river
By the banks of the river tonight