Mudcat Café message #903118 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55131   Message #903118
Posted By: John P
04-Mar-03 - 09:48 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat CD Strawberry: Liner Notes PermaThread
Subject: Mudcat CD Strawberry: Hangman - John P
Telynor is a duet consisting of Anna and John Peekstok.
Hangman is an American version of a song with many versions in the British Isles and America: The Gallows Pole, The Maid Freed From the Gallows, The Prickle Berry Bush, Hangs-a-man, etc. Anna learned this one from her mother.

Anna's octave mandolin is tuned GDAE. She's playing Am chords but has a capo on the third fret, so the song's in Cm. My cittern is tuned EAEAE and is capoed on the 15th fret. I stole a riff from "Battle of Evermore" by Led Zeppelin and stuck it in between the verses. -- JP

14.  Hangman
Traditional American
Anna Peekstok: Octave mandolin, vocals
John Peekstok: Cittern

Hangman, slack the rope, slack it for a while,
I think I see my sister coming, travelling many a mile,
O, travelling many a mile.

Sister, did you bring me silver, did you bring me gold?
Did you bring me anything to save me from the gallows pole?
O, save me from the gallows pole.

No, I didn't bring you silver, didn't bring you gold,
I have come to see you hang from the gallows pole,
O, hang from the gallows pole.

Hangman, slack the rope, slack it for a while,
I think I see my father coming, travelling many a mile,
O, travelling many a mile.

Father, did you bring me silver, did you bring me gold?
Did you bring me anything to save me from the gallows pole?
O, save me from the gallows pole.

No, I didn't bring you silver, didn't bring you gold,
I have come to see you hang from the gallows pole,
O, hang from the gallows pole.

Hangman, slack the rope, slack it for a while,
I think I see my true love coming, travelling many a mile,
Yes, travelling many a mile.

True love, did you bring me silver, did you bring me gold?
Did you bring me anything to save me from the gallows pole?
Yes, save me from the gallows pole.

Yes I brought you silver, and yes I brought you gold,
I have brought you everything to save you from the gallows pole,
O, save you from the gallows pole, save you from the gallows pole.