English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 24
The Maid Freed from the Gallows
2   O father, O father, have you got any gold for me ? Or silver to pay my fee ?
They say I've stoled a silver cup And hanged I must be.
3   No, daughter, I have got no gold for thee, Nor silver to pay your fee ;
But I've come here to see you hang On yon high gallows tree.
In subsequent verses, " mother," " brother" " sister" andfinally " true love " are substituted for "father."
The last verse runs thus: —
Yes, true love, I have gold for you And silver to pay your fee. I've come here to win your neck From yon high gallows tree.