Collected by Parler In Folklore Class
Jo Wilburn May 1958
Reel 362, Item 13
Beneath the Gallows Tree
"This song was given to me by Judy Green, who said that her mother was taught it by her mother when she was a small girl in southern Illinois."
Oh, hangman, hangman, spare thy rope,
For a little while,
I think I see my mother a-coming,
Coming a many a mile.
0 Mother, Mother, have you gold,
Gold to set me free,
Or are you come to see me hung Beneath the gallows tree?
O son, O son, I have no gold,
No gold to set you free,
But I am come to see you hung Beneath the gallows tree.
These three stanzas are repeated with father, brother, and sweetheart. The sweetheart's answer is the last stanza
O sweetheart, sweet heart, I have gold,
0 gold to set you free,
And I'm not come to see you hung Beneath the gallows tree.
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