“The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake” [Dark Country: Songs For October]

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Bill Monroe: “The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake”

Mr Bill was asked once about the allegorical elements of this song, which appears to be about parents sending children off into the world to be tempted by the devil and lured to damnation by sin. His answer (and I’m paraphrasing from memory) was something like: “Well, there’s lots of snakes in the woods where we lived, and sometimes one would bite a girl and she’d die. That’s what it’s about.”

Okay then.