Анна Полетаева (lapushka1) wrote,
Анна Полетаева
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John Jacob Niles - "The Maid Freed from the Gallows"(1940)




Hangman, hangman,
Slack your line,
Slack it just a while,
'Cause I think I see my papa comin',
Travelin' many a mile,
Travelin' many a mile.

"O, papa, papa, papa,
Did you bring gold
For to pay this hangman's fee,
Or did you come to see me swingin'
High from this hangman's tree,
High from this hangman's tree?"

"Daughter, daughter, daughter,
I brought you no gold
For to pay that hangman's fee,
But I came to see you swingin', swingin'
High from that hangman's tree,
High from that hangman's tree."

Hangman, hangman,
Slack your line,
Slack it just a while,
'Cause I think I see my mama comin',
Travelin' many a mile,
Travelin' many a mile.

"Mama, mama, mama,
Did you bring gold
For to pay this hangman's fee,
Or did you come to see me swingin'
High from this hangman's tree,
High from this hangman's tree?"

"Daughter, daughter, daughter,
I brought you no gold
For to pay that hangman's fee,
But I came to see you swingin', swingin'
High from that hangman's tree,
High from that hangman's tree."

Hangman, hangman,
Slack your line,
Slack it just a while,
'Cause I think I see my lover comin',
Travelin' many a mile,
Travelin' many a mile.

"Sweetheart, sweetheart, sweetheart,
Did you bring gold
For to pay this hangman's fee,
Or did you come to see me swingin'
High from this hangman's tree,
High from this hangman's tree?"

"Darlin', darlin', darlin',
I brought you that gold
For to pay that hangman's fee,
'Cause I don't want to see you swingin', swingin'
High from no hangman's tree,
High from no hangman's tree".


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