The Maid Freed From The Gallows

John Jacob Niles


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

Papa, papa
Has you brought 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 no gold
For to pay that hangman's fee
But I come to see you swingin', swingin'
High from this hangman's tree
High from this hangman's tree

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

Mama, mama, mama
Have you brought 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 no gold
For to pay this hangman's fee
But I come 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
For 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 that gold
For to pay that hangman's fee
'Cause I don't want to see you swingin', swingin'
High from this hangman's tree
High from this hangman's tree

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