Several years ago I had this idea to make an album consisting of beautiful ballads about serial killers. The idea came from Sufjan Stevens’ haunting ballad John Wayne Gacy Jr., one of my favorite songs.
I started writing the album, and I wrote about two killers, but the songs were very similar to each other. One song was called “Down By The River,” and it was about Ted Bundy (the demo for that is available in the premium archive on this site), and the other one was simply called Henry, and it was about Henry Lee Lucas.
If you’ve never heard of Henry Lee Lucas before, he was the inspiration for the cult classic film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. He was also the only death row inmate ever to have is sentence commuted by then Texas Governor George W. Bush. It turned out that a great deal of Lucas’s confessions were false – possibly all of them.
To make a long story short, the serial murder ballad album never happened (at least not yet), but it sparked a new idea – a concept album based on the life and lies of Henry Lee Lucas. I’ve been working on this for many, many years, and it looks like I might be able to get it done within the next couple of years. But my old band, Bad Days, recorded an EP with songs I wrote for that project, and that is actually available for sale on this site. This song, Come To Mama, is from that EP. It’s about Henry’s overbearing mother, obviously. If you enjoy it, please consider buying the EP.
I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.