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Thread #62077   Message #1110095
Posted By: Roberto
05-Feb-04 - 01:17 PM
Thread Name: Recordings: 'Hangman' (Child 95)
Subject: RE: Recordings: 'Hangman' (Child 95)
THE MAID FREED FROM THE GALLOWS (#95)
Three recordings: A. L. Lloyd's; Martin Carthy's; Leadbelly's. Another recording that I like is the one by John Jacob Niles, on the lp "Folk Balladeer".


The Prickly Bush
A. L. Lloyd, with Alf Edwards, concertina, on English & Scottish Folk Ballads, Topic TSCD480 (original LP release, 1964)

Oh hangman, hold your hand he cried
And hold it for a while
I think I see me own dear father
Coming o'er the yonder style

Oh father, have you brought me gold
And will you set me free
Or have you come to see me hung
All on this high gallows tree?

Oh no, I haven't brought thee gold
And I'll not set thee free
For I am come to see you hung
All on that high gallows tree

Oh, the prickly bush, the prickly bush
It pricks me heart full sore
And if ever I get out of that prickly bush
I'll never get in any more

Oh hangman, hold your hand he cried
And hold it for a while
I think I see me own dear mother
Coming o'er the yonder style

Oh mother, have you brought me gold
And will you set me free
Or have you come to see me hung
All on this high gallows tree?

Oh no, I haven't brought thee gold
And I'll not set thee free
For I am come to see you hung
All on that high gallows tree

Oh, the prickly bush, the prickly bush
It pricks me heart full sore
And if ever I get out of that prickly bush
I'll never get in any more

Oh hangman, hold your hand he cried
And hold it for a while
I think I see my own dear sweetheart
Coming o'er the yonder style

Oh sweetheart, have you brought me gold
Or will you set me free
Or have you come to see me hung
All on this high gallows tree?

Oh yes, I've brought you gold she cried
And I would set you free
For I would never see you hung
All on that old gallows tree

Oh, the prickly bush, the prickly bush
It pricked my heart full sore
And now that I'm out of that prickly bush
I'll never get in any more



The Prickle-Holly Bush
Martin Carthy with the Watersons, on The Watersons, Green Fields, Topic TSCD500, original lp release 12T415, 1981

Oh, slack your horse, cries George
Come slack it for a while
For I think I see my father coming
Over yonder stile

Did you bring gold?
Did you bring silver to set me free?
For to keep my body from the cold gaol wall
And me neck from the high gallows tree

I've no gold
I've no silver to set you free
But I have come for to see you hang-O
Hang upon the high gallows tree

O the prickle-holly bush, it pricks, it pricks
O it pricks my heart full sore
And if ever I get out of the prickle-holly bush
I'll never get in there any more

Oh, slack your horse, cries George
Come slack it for a while
For I think I see my mother coming
Over yonder stile

Did you bring gold?
Did you bring silver to set me free?
For to keep my body from the cold gaol wall
And me neck from the high gallows tree

I've no gold
I've no silver to set you free
But I have come for to see you hang-O
Hang upon the high gallows tree

O the prickle-holly bush, it pricks, it pricks
O it pricks my heart full sore
And if ever I get out of the prickle-holly bush
I'll never get in there any more

Oh, slack your horse, cries George
Come slack it for a while
For I think I see my sister coming
Over yonder stile

Did you bring gold?
Did you bring silver to set me free?
For to keep my body from the cold gaol wall
And me neck from the high gallows tree

I've no gold
I've no silver to set you free
But I have come for to see you hang-O
Hang upon the high gallows tree

O the prickle-holly bush, it pricks, it pricks
O it pricks my heart full sore
And if ever I get out of the prickle-holly bush
I'll never get in there any more

Oh, slack your horse, cries George
Come slack it for a while
For I think I see my sweetheart coming
Over yonder stile

Did you bring gold?
Did you bring silver to set me free?
For to keep my body from the cold gaol wall
And me neck from the high gallows tree

I've brought gold
I've brought silver to set you free
For I've not come for to see you hang-O
Hang upon the high gallows tree

O the prickle-holly bush, it pricks, it pricks
O it pricks my heart full sore
And now that I'm out of the prickle-holly bush
I'll never get in there any more



The Gallis Pole
Leadbelly, The Tradition Masters, Tradition TCD 1086

Father, did you bring me the silver?
Faher, did you bring me the gold?
What did you bring me, dear father
Keep from the gallis pole?
Yeah, what did you?
Yeah, what did you?
What did you bring me keep from the gallis pole?

Spoken
In olden times years ago
When you put a man in prison behind the bars in jailhouse
If he had 15 or 25 or 30 dollars you'd save him from the gallis pole
Cause they gon' hang 'im if he didn't bring 'em a little money ()

Mother, did you bring me the silver?
Mother, did you bring me the gold?
What did you bring me, dear mother
Keep from the gallis pole?
Yeah, what did you?
Yeah, what did you?
What did you bring me keep from the gallis pole?

Son, I've brought some silver
Son, I've brought some gold
Son, I've brought you everything
Keep you from the gallis pole
Yeah, I've brought it
Yeah, I've brought it
I've brought you keep you from the gallis pole

Wife, did you bring me the silver?
Wife, did you bring me the gold?
What did you bring me, dear wife
Keep from the gallis pole?
Yeah, what did you?
Yeah, what did you?
What did you bring me keep from the gallis pole?

Friend, did you bring me the silver?
Friend, did you bring me the gold?
What did you bring me, dear friend
Keep from the gallis pole?
Yeah, what did you?
Yeah, what did you?
What did you bring me keep from the gallis pole?