The Gallows Tree

(2006)

Kohn's "The Gallows Tree" is contained in the volume American Folk Set, Vol. 3, published by Classical Vocal Reprints (links listed to the right).

The Gallows Tree


Slack your rope, hangs a man! Slack it for a while.
I think I see my mother comin’, ridin’ many a mile.
Oh, mother have you brought me gold or have you paid my fee?
Or have you come to see me hangin’ on the gallows tree?
“I have not brought you gold. I have not paid your fee.
But I have come to see you hanging on the gallows tree.”


Slack your rope, hangs a man! Slack it for a while.
I think I see my father comin’, ridin’ many a mile.
Oh, father have you brought me gold or have you paid my fee?
Or have you come to see me hangin’ on the gallows tree?
“I have not brought you gold. I have not paid your fee.
But I have come to see you hanging on the gallows tree.”


Slack your rope, hangs a man! Slack it for a while.
I think I see my true love comin’, ridin’ many a mile.
Oh, darlin’ have you brought me gold or have you paid my fee?
Or have you come to see me hangin’ on the gallows tree?
“Yes, I have brought you gold. Yes, I have paid your fee.
I have not come to see you hanging on the gallows tree.”


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