The Gallows Tree

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

Date: 2006Composer: Steven Mark KohnText: Traditional

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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.”

Sheet Music

American Folk Set, Book 3 (High Voice)

Composer(s): Steven Mark Kohn

Voice Type: High

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American Folk Set, Book 3 (Medium Voice)

Composer(s): Steven Mark Kohn

Voice Type: Medium

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