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The Hanging Tree
 


They hung him here one night!
In the shadows..on the dark side of the moon



So now...


I'm an old oak tree with branches so bare
To remind all the men of loose women beware
Just remember the night when you heard the wind groan
And I took a man's life through no fault of my own



Ere that night I was green.. just as green as could be
The sap in my veins it ran wild and free
But tragedy happened at the edge of our town
When they hanged that poor man and my limbs weighted down



He was charged with a crime just as old as the sea
A mock judge and jury declared him guilty
Told him ..say a prayer your life's journey is done
Tonight you must hang for the sins that you've done



They saddled his horse and they threw him across
Tied rope found his neck.. the one they would toss
To tie him to my branches tight as can be
Leave him like his Jesus upon a cross tree



Then like so many cowards they scampered away
Headed back to their shops,their work and their play
But .. I felt that old rope cut into my bark
And I see ghost.. poor soul when it left in the dark



His body it jerked... I felt a great strain
As he tried to call out through his fear and his pain
Till I heard that death gurgle deep in his throat
And I felt every jerk as he danced on that rope



But I understood...i will never forget
How the love of wrong woman can bring a man death
So as a reminder I will never wear leaves
So that when people see me they will know I perceive



The lure of false women soon fades away
Their wrinkles will show for they age every day
And dying for one...Well that just isn't right
And like me.. old bare oak.. tis a piteous sight



Yes, I'm a bare oak tree standing alone
And no more will I be some stupid man's throne



By jollynoblefrog

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