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Hang Me, Oh Hang Me

Dave Van Ronk
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Traditional, arranged by Dave Van Ronk. Recently performed in the movie "inside Llewyn Davis" by Oscar Isacc
Hang me, oh, hang me, I'll be dead and gone
Hang me, oh, hang me, I'll be dead and gone
I wouldn't mind the hanging but the laying in the grave so long, poor boy
I've been all around this world.

I been all around Cape Girardeau, parts of Arkansas
All around Cape Girardeau, parts of Arkansas
Got so goddamn hungry I could hide behind a straw, poor boy
I've been all around this world.

Went up on the mountain, there I made my stand
Went up on the mountain, there I made my stand
A rifle on my shoulder and a dagger in my hand, poor boy
I've been all around this world.

Hang me, oh, hang me and I'll be dead and gone.
Hang me, oh, hang me and I'll be dead and gone.
I wouldn't mind the hanging but the laying in the grave so long, poor boy
I've been all around this world.

Put the rope around my neck, hung me up so high
Put the rope around my neck, hung me up so high
The last words I heard them say: "Won't be long now 'fore you die", poor boy
I've been all around this world.

Hang me, oh, hang me and I'll be dead and gone.
Hang me, oh, hang me, I'll be dead and gone.
I wouldn't mind the hanging but the laying in the grave so long, poor boy
I've been all around this world.

Contributed by Lorenzo Caccianiga - 2014/4/14 - 11:40


Krzysiek - 2015/2/28 - 23:53


La versione di Dave Van Ronk risale al 1962, nel disco “Dave Van Ronk Folksinger”

Dave Van Ronk Folksinger

Il film “Inside Llewyn Davis” è basato sulla vita di Van Ronk, a partire dalla copertina del suo disco “Inside”, del 1964.

Inside

Quella di Van Ronk non è comunque la prima versione di “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me”. Per esempio, c’è quella del grande crooner Bing Crosby, nel disco collettivo “How The West Was Won” del 1959.

How The West Was Won

E in ogni caso, come spiega bene chimesfreedom, la prima registrazione di “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” - conosciuta in molte versioni e con titoli differenti, come “I’ve Been All Around This World,” “The Gambler,” “My Father Was a Gambler,” “Cape Girardeau”, “Up On The Blue Ridge Mountains” e “The New Railroad” - risale al 1937 (ad opera dei soliti Lomax) e l’origine della canzone verrebbe fatta risalire ad un’impiccagione avvenuta a Fort Smith, Arkansas, intorno al 1870.

L’autore dell’articolo conclude con un paio di osservazioni interessanti: negli Stati americani del Delaware, New Hampshire e Washington l’impiccagione è ancora oggi un metodo d’esecuzione previsto dalle leggi, anche se non più utilizzato a causa della sua crudeltà... E poi: grazie all’“umano” metodo dell’iniezione letale recentemente un condannato a morte - tal Dennis McGuire, giustiziato nell’Ohio - ha agonizzato per 26 minuti prima di morire...

La verità è che non c’è un metodo umano per sopprimere un essere umano...

Bernart Bartleby - 2015/3/1 - 22:40



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