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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitlePrickly brier
Roud No.144
Collected FromTanner, Charles
LocationBampton
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleChild No 095
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 218
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 5th February, 1916, p 3, Part 17, No. 5: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 283
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

"Stay your hand hangman, stay your hand awhile,
For I see my father coming over yonder hill:
Dear father have you got any gold for me,
Or any white money for to set me free,
Or are you come for to see me hung,
All on this high gallows tree?" -
"O I have got no gold for thee,
Nor no white money for to set thee free;
For I am come for to see thee hung,
All on this high gallows tree.'

Chorus

O the prickly briar that pricks my heart full sore!
If I could get free from that high gallows tree,
I'd never get there any more.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: Example of Bampton version. Obtained of Mr Charles Tanner and Mr Tim Fox, Bampton, Oxfordshire.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: Example of Bampton version. Obtained of Mr Tim Fox, Bampton, Oxfordshire.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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