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Odetta - Gallows Tree (The Gallows Pole) lyrics

Hangman, hangman slack your rope
slack it for awhile
Think I see my father coming
riding many a mile

Papa did you bring me silver?
Papa did you bring me gold?
Did you come to see me hanging by the gallows pole?

Well, I couldn't bring no silver
Didn't bring no gold
I've come to see you hang by the gallows pole.

Hangman, hangman slack your rope
slack it for awhile
Think I see my mother coming
riding many a mile
riding many a mile

Well, Mama did you bring me silver?
Mama did you bring me gold?
Did you come to see me hang by the gallows pole?

I didn't bring no silver
Didn't bring no gold
I've come to see you hanging by the gallows pole
by the gallows pole - oh God!

Hangman, hangman slack your rope
slack it for awhile
Think I see my sweetheart coming
riding many a mile
riding many a mile - oh God!
riding many a mile

Honey did you bring me silver?
Honey did you bring me gold?
Did you come to see me hang by the gallows pole?
Hanging by the gallows pole?

I brought you silver
Brought you a little gold
Didn't come to see you hanging
by the gallows pole
by the gallows pole