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10. "Sweetheart, sweetheart, have you brung me any gold, Any gold for to pay my fine ?"
ii. "Yes, sir, yes, sir, I've brought you some gold, Some gold for to pay your fine, For I've just come for to take you home From on the gallows line."
Recorded from the singing of Miss Mary Riddle, North Fork Road, Black Mountain, Buncombe County, North Carolina. She had it from her father, Mr. C. W. Riddle, who learned it in Madison County, N. C.
i. "Oh, hangman, hold a while
For I think I hear my father come Rumbling o'er the sea
To bring money to pay my fees. 2. "Father, have you brought money To pay my fee?" "No, I have come to see you hung On yon white oak tree."
Obtained from Laura Ferrara, 95 Clifton Place, Jersey City, N. J., a senior in Dickinson High School, who after hearing various versions read, surprised her teacher by singing naively these stanzas which she had learned from Edith Williams, 307 East Fourth Street, Claremore, Oklahoma.
1. "Hold up your ropes and wait a little longer
For I think I see my father comin' No further than a mile.
2. "O father, have you brought me silver,
Or have you brought me gold, Or have you come to see me hung Beneath that willow tree ?"
3. "I have not brought you silver
And I have not brought you gold, But I have come to see you hung Beneath that willow tree."

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