Gallows Road

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Richard E Russell (Richard Russell Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved

(2:51) This dark tale is a flip on the traditional old time theme of a man taking revenge on the woman who did him wrong. The keen of the mandolin is an eerie accompaniment to a haunted vocal. The song switches time signatures — an unforeseen twist that adds interest — slinking, jazzy and smirking, to its conclusion. Elfy Kornfeld, vocals; Rick Russell, guitar; Josh Sill, mandolin; Terrell Jones, bass

I’m goin’ down Gallows Road, I’m goin’ down Gallows Road,
Goin’ down Gallows Road, got no where else to go
I said I’d be his wife, yes, I said I’d be his wife,
I said I’d be his wife, but something was not right

He done wrong to me, but that he did not see.
Oh, he done wrong to me, and I could not let it be
We went to Willow Bend, but my love was all pretend.
Yes, we went to Willow Bend, that’s where his life would end

I’m goin’ down Gallows Road, got no where else to go
I’m goin’ down Gallows Road, where the devil gets my soul
Soon they’ll bury me, beneath an old oak tree
Soon they’ll bury me, I could not let it be

He said I love you so, how much you’ll never know.
He said I love you so, please don’t ever go
I let go of his hand, and I took his wedding band.
Yes, I let go of his hand, he did not understand

I was in my wedding gown, when I shot him down
Yes I shot him down, and put him in the ground
Now he’s six feet deep, forever in a sleep.
Now he’s six feet deep, for him I do not weep

I’m goin’ down Gallows Road, got no where else to go
I’m goin’ down Gallows Road, where the devil gets my soul
Soon they’ll bury me, beneath an old oak tree
Soon they’ll bury me, I could not let it be
Soon they’ll bury me, I could not let it be
I could not let it be, I could not let it be . . .

Richard E Russell (Richard Russell Publishing/ASCAP) © All Rights Reserved

 

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