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Poor Will and the Jolly Hangman


(Richard Thompson & Dave Swarbrick )
 
 Rise for the Hangman, his pleasure is that you should rise
He's the judge and the jury at the jester's assize
Poor Will on the gallows tree never a cruel word did say
Oh that a good man should be treated this way

Ch.:    Run to me mother of anyone's child and tell me the revelry plan
         Judges and barristers, clerks at the law
        His show is the best in the land
        Here's a toast to the Jolly Hangman
        He'll hang you the best that he can
        Here's a toast to the Jolly......

No purse for a champion, no true love come over the stile
The debt of a poor man he'll pay in a while
Poor ladies, poor gentlemen, born of a sorry degree
Will you laugh for the hangman when he comes for his fee?
All rise for the Hangman, his pleasure is that you should rise
He's the judge and the jury at the jester's assize

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The Gallows at Wapping Stairs, London, UK