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Can you name the songs dealing with executions from which the following lyrics are taken?
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The two songs listed as "traditional" have been recorded by many, many people. In a couple of other cases, I've listed the most famous performer of a song whose actual origins are not precisely known.
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I'm sittin' here on death row and Lord I've lost my mind / For love I've killed my darlin' and for love I'll lose my life
Sweat chilling cold / As I watch death unfold / Consciousness my only friend
Once I had a job I had a girl / Between our dreams and actions lies this world
And I heard him tell the singers 'There's a song my mama sang / Can I hear it once before we move along?'
So when the preacher comes to get me / And they shave off all my hair / Could you take that long walk with me / Knowing Hell is waitin' there
A nightmare of Mescal was all that it was for no one had robbed me at all / I wish was dreaming the sound of the gallows they're testing just outside the wall
Robert Earl Keen
Blessed are the persecuted / And blessed are the pure in heart / Blessed are the merciful / And blessed are the ones who mourn
Then I awake and look around me at the four grey walls that surround me / And I realize that I was only dreaming
Tom Jones et al.
Answer one question: / How do we teach 'Thou Shalt Not Kill?' / The gas is rising / There goes the bell
Oh often hae I dressed my Queen / And put gold in her hair / But noo I've gotten my reward / The gallows tae by my share
This time tomorrow / Reckon where I'll be / Hadn't a-been for Grayson / I'd a-been in Tennessee
The Kingston Trio et al.
And their song of hope and freedom it rang inside that prison / It beat against the iron bars and crashed against the stone
I hear the clock / These walls are green / I see your face through tin and screen
His own confession was a presecutor's prize / Made up of fear, of rage, and of outright lies
The judge said 'Son, what is your alibi? / If you were somewhere else then you won't have to die'
Johnny Cash et al.
O ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak’ the low road / And I'll be in Scotland afore ye
Hangman, hangman, hold it a little while / Think I see my friends comin' / Ridin' many a mile
Led Zeppelin et al.
Oh momma I can hear you a'crying you're so scared and all alone / Hangman is comin' down from the gallows and I don't have very long.
Angel of Mercy, people are suffering / All over the world / Spanish children are taught on their knees to believe
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Apr 15th, 2010 at 00:31 GMT
The jig is up / The news is out / They've finally found me
Apr 16th, 2010 at 23:13 GMT
Good one, dxman. I'll keep it in mind should I decide to do a sequel to this game.
Feb 11th, 2011 at 21:33 GMT
The Kevin Farrell song Senora's Death Row is also a good Execution Song from the viewpoint of a cowboy - sung by Robert Earl Keen and Michael Martin Murphy: I wish I was dreamin' the sound of the gallows they're testin' just outside the wall.
Feb 14th, 2011 at 19:03 GMT
Jun 11th, 2011 at 06:16 GMT
More sequel ideas: "Tom Dooley" (Kingston Trio) and "Adios Hermanos" by Paul Simon. Nice quiz idea!
Jun 18th, 2011 at 22:46 GMT
Thanks, BamaMuaddib! "Tom Dooley" is already on this quiz, but I'll be sure to check out the Paul Simon song. I'm starting to think that rather than doing a sequel, I'll simply add the suggestions to this quiz.
Jun 20th, 2011 at 00:51 GMT
Weird! DUnno how I missed it before. Could be all that Belgian-style beer I like to drink. Thanks for the reply, giving five globes! ;)
Jun 20th, 2011 at 03:21 GMT
It might be good to accept some alternative titles for the folk songs in here. For example, I know the one with the lines "Hangman, hangman, hold it a little while..." as "The Prickly Bush," and the one with "Oh often hae I dressed my Queen..." as "Mary Hamilton."
Jun 20th, 2011 at 23:59 GMT
@BamaMuaddib: Mmmmm... Belgian beer... :) @Q_Pheevr: Thanks! I've added those in as alternate answers. @Everybody: I have added folks' suggestions to the quiz - thank you all again for them!
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