The Hangman s Song

An Edinburgh detective suspects a rash of apparent suicides is something more sinister in this Scottish mystery thriller by the author of Book of Souls.

The Hangman s Song

An Edinburgh detective suspects a rash of apparent suicides is something more sinister in this Scottish mystery thriller by the author of Book of Souls. The body of a man is found hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force, this is a simple suicide case. But something about the scene strikes Detective Inspector Tony McLean as being off. Days later another body is found hanging from an identical rope, with a noose tied in the identical way. McLean is convinced that these people are either being murdered or somehow coerced into taking their own lives. Then a third body is found. Under pressure from his superiors to wrap the case up quickly and neatly, McLean must also deal with the fallout of his last big investigation—not to mention the difficult trials of his personal life. But the deeper McLean digs, the more he comes to believe that something evil is stalking Edinburgh’s streets. He just hopes he can stop it before someone else succumbs to the hangman’s song.

Hangman s Song

Hangman s Song

Preacher Nathaniel Rix and his sons bring the Word of the Lord to the lost souls settled on the Western frontier—and deliver salvation from the end of a pistol barrel. Homesteaders and heathens alike are sinners in Rix’s eyes . . . and removing them from temptation provides him with such Earthly rewards as gold and weapons for his gospel spreading crusade. Jordan Gray still mourns the loss of his wife and son, their murders gnawing away at his soul. A long winter of self-imposed exile in the Big Horn Mountains has given him an enlightened perspective on the nature of good and evil. And when he finds himself wanted for a murder committed by the Rix family, Jordan takes it upon himself to deliver vengeance. “Rarely has an author painted the great American West in strokes so bold, vivid, and true.” —Ralph Compton

Songs from the Novelists

THE HANGMAN'S SONG . H my trade it is the rarest one , Simple shepherds all
My trade it is a sight to see ; For my customers I tie , and take them up on high ,
And waft them to a far countree . My tools are but common ones , Simple
shepherds ...

Songs from the Novelists


Popular Song Index

Popular Song Index

Lists the title, composer, lyricist, and first line of folk songs, spirituals, hymns, sea chanteys, blues, and children's and popular tunes

Folk songs of the South

Instructions for the remainder of the ballad are as in B. D " The Hangman's Tree .
" Communicated by Mr. George Paugh ... He writes that he has found nine
different persons who sing this song . Reported by Cox , XLV , 159 . I “ Hangman
 ...

Folk songs of the South


The British Traditional Ballad in North America

... 159 (another song) / Mason, Cannon Cnty, 20 / McDowell, Memory Mel} 21 /
Morris, Fsgs Fla, 295 / Musical Quarterly, II, ... Hangsman), Hangman Hold Your
Rope, The Hangman's Son, The Hangman's Song, The Hangman's Tree,
Highway ...

The British Traditional Ballad in North America

Tristram Potter Coffin's The British Traditional Ballad in North America, published in 1950, became recognized as the standard reference to the published material on the Child ballad in North America. Centering on the theme of story variation, the book examines ballad variation in general, treats the development of the traditional ballad into an art form, and provides a bibliographical guide to story variation as well as a general bibliography of titles referred to in the guide. Roger deV. Renwick's supplement to The British Traditional Ballad in North America provides a thorough review of all sources of North American ballad materials published from 1963, the date of the last revision of the original volume, to 1977. The references, which include published text fragments and published title lists of items in archival collections, are arranged according to each ballad's story variations. Textual and thematic comparisons among ballads in the British and American tradition are made throughout. In his introductory essay Renwick synthesizes the various theoretical approaches to the phenomenon of variation that have appeared in scholarly publications since 1963 and provides examples from texts referred to in the bibliographical guide itself. The supplement, like its parent work, is an invaluable reference tool for the study of variation in ballad form, content, and style. Together with the reprinted text of the 1963 edition, the supplement provides an exhaustive bibliography to the literature on the British traditional ballad in North America.

The Maid and The Hangman

Jackson , Harry , “ The Hangman's Song , ” in Harry Jackson the Cowboy : His
Songs , Ballads , and Brag Talk , ed . Kenneth Goldstein , 1959 ( Folkways
Records FH 5723 [ 12 - inch LP ] ) . Keen , Ted , “ The Prickly Bush , ” 1952 ( BBC
18140 ) ...

 The Maid  and  The Hangman


Dead Men s Bones

Readers will eagerly await the next installment.” --Publishers Weekly on The Book of Souls "McLean is a reluctant, empathetic hero who refuses to quit until he’s solved the case.” --Publishers Weekly on The Hangman’s Song "Readers ...

Dead Men s Bones

The murder/suicide of a prominent Scottish politician and his family brings Edinburgh-based Detective Inspector Tony McLean out to the countryside to investigate. The powers that be want a quick report and then to have the whole thing buried, but McLean believes there's more to the case than meets the eye. The more lies he uncovers, the more McLean comes to realize there is a connection between the influential politician and another case he's working--the body of a man, stark naked and covered from head to toe in fresh tattoos, found in a river to the south of Edinburgh. But investigating the link between the two could have detrimental implications for his career, not to mention his life. As McLean faces the pressure to wrap up the case, he comes face to face with an ancient evil that will put everyone he cares about at risk inDead Men's Bones, the fourth installment of James Oswald's internationally bestselling series.

Song of the Canyon Kid

Spared the hangman's noose after Mayor Darling banned capital punishment
from his town and ordered the gallows dismantled, Dalton was sentenced to life
in prison. No sooner had he arrived than he plotted his escape and began to dig
his ...

Song of the Canyon Kid

A straight-shooting, guitar-strumming cowboy returns to Dirt Clod, Missouri only to learn that the town's in ruins, a hanging judge wants to add him to his resume and his gal's about to marry a known desperado. How's The Canyon Kid going to save the day, let alone croon a few tunes, with a noose around his neck? Adapted from the author's play Song of the Lone Prairie or Poem on the Range

Cabins in the Laurel

Both Norma and Ellen sing the same songs to their children in forms akin but
interestingly different. Take for example “The Hangman's Song” (“The Maid Freed
From the Gallows”). Ellen Crowder sings, Oh hangman, Oh hangman, just wait a
 ...

Cabins in the Laurel

In 1928 New York native Muriel Earley Sheppard moved with her mining engineer husband to the Toe River Valley -- an isolated pocket in North Carolina between the Blue Ridge and Iron Mountains. Sheppard began visiting her neighbors and forming friendships in remote coves and rocky clearings, and in 1935 her account of life in the mountains -- Cabins in the Laurel -- was published. The book included 128 striking photographs by the well-known Chapel Hill photographer, Bayard Wootten, a frequent visitor to the area. The early reviews of Cabins in the Laurel were overwhelmingly positive, but the mountain people -- Sheppard's friends and subjects -- initially felt that she had portrayed them as too old-fashioned, even backward. As novelist John Ehle shows in his foreword, though, fifty years have made a huge difference, and the people of the Toe River Valley have been among its most affectionate readers. This new large-format edition, which makes use of many of Wootten's original negatives, will introduce Sheppard's words and Wootten's photography to a whole new generation of readers -- in the Valley and beyond.

I Wonder as I Wander

Of course he did his act with “The Hangman's Song,” and amid the fog the song
took on a most mysterious medieval quality; when the fog moved along, he could
be seen, sometimes facing his big dulcimer and singing or talking to it, ...

I Wonder as I Wander

Louisville native John Jacob Niles (1892--1980) is considered to be one of our nation's most influential musicians. As a composer and balladeer, Niles drew inspiration from the deep well of traditional Appalachian and African American folk songs. At the age of sixteen Niles wrote one of his most enduring tunes, "Go 'Way from My Window," basing it on a song fragment from a black farm worker. This iconic song has been performed by folk artists ever since and may even have inspired the opening line of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe." In I Wonder as I Wander: The Life of John Jacob Niles, the first full-length biography of Niles, Ron Pen offers a rich portrait of the musician's character and career. Using Niles's own accounts from his journals, notebooks, and unpublished autobiography, Pen tracks his rise from farm boy to songwriter and folk collector extraordinaire. Niles was especially interested in documenting the voices of his fellow World War I soldiers, the people of Appalachia, and the spirituals of African Americans. In the 1920s he collaborated with noted photographer Doris Ulmann during trips to Appalachia, where he transcribed, adapted, and arranged traditional songs and ballads such as "Pretty Polly" and "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair." Niles's preservation and presentation of American folk songs earned him the title of "Dean of American Balladeers," and his theatrical use of the dulcimer is credited with contributing to the popularity of that instrument today. Niles's dedication to the folk music tradition lives on in generations of folk revival artists such as Jean Ritchie, Joan Baez, and Oscar Brand. I Wonder as I Wander explores the origins and influences of the American folk music resurgence of the 1950s and 1960s, and finally tells the story of a man at the forefront of that movement.

The Universal Irish Song Book

A Complete Collection of the Songs and Ballads of Ireland Patrick John Kenedy
... the cart , A wild , sorrowful sound that would open your heart ,Now under the
gallows the cart takes its stand , An ' the hangman gets up with a rope in his hand
.

The Universal Irish Song Book


A Library of Poetry and Song

Moreover , the hangman was ready to swear He had done his part with all due
care ; “ But the moaning was presently heard again , And that certainly better
hanged than he And we knew it was nothing ghostly then ; No one ever was , or
ever ...

A Library of Poetry and Song


The Family Library of Poetry and Song

Moreover , the hangman was ready to swear He had done his part with all due
care ; “ But the moaning was presently heard again , And that certainly better
hanged than he And we knew it was nothing ghostly then ; No one ever was , or
ever ...

The Family Library of Poetry and Song


Poems and Songs chiefly in the Scottish dialect and on subjects of local interest With a portrait

In Bess's days , we a ' hae heard , sae honest was the nation , That the
hangman's office was a job the next thing to starvation ; But in the glorious
gowden days o'Queen Victoria , sir , We're grown sae gweed we dinna ' need a
hangman here ...

Poems and Songs  chiefly in the Scottish dialect  and on subjects of local interest   With a portrait


Poems Songs and Ballads

Has broke on the gloom of his midnight jail : That song that ascendeth at life's late
date From the spirit who scanneth the ... But his soul rose strong and his heart
beat high , For he felt ' twas a pride and a fame to die By the hangman's rope or ...

Poems  Songs and Ballads


Heinrich Heine s Book of Songs

And soon the hangman's stern array ( " I bad the leading part to play ) “ Came
through the grove . With hollow croak « • Heads off ! ' " heads off ! ' the raven
spoke . ” Loud laugh'd the ghosts in merry rout ; ' Twas the Harper himself that
now ...

Heinrich Heine s Book of Songs


Songs from the Dramatists

With a warning to all purse carriers , shewing the confidence of the first , and the
carelessness of the last , with necessary admonitions for them both , lest the
hangman get the one , and the beggar the other . ' Mr . Collier observes upon it
that ...

Songs from the Dramatists


Songs from the Dramatist

The song is sung by Nightlast , with necessary admonitions for ingale , a ballad
singer in the fair , them both , lest the hangman get and immediately afterwards
Edgthe one , and the beggar the other . ' worth , a cut - purse , puts its docMr.

Songs from the Dramatist