"The Maid Freed from the Gallows" is one of many titles of a centuries-old folk song about a condemned maiden pleading for someone to buy her freedom from the executioner. In the collection of ballads compiled by Francis James Child, it is indexed as Child Ballad number 95; eleven variants, some fragmentary, are indexed as 95A to 95K. The Roud number is 144. The ballad existed in a number of folkloric variants from many different countries, and has been remade in a variety of formats. It was recorded in 1939 as "The Gallis Pole" by folk singer Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, but the most famous version was the 1970 arrangement of the Fred Gerlach version by English rock band Led Zeppelin, which was entitled "Gallows Pole" on the album Led Zeppelin III.
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... Gallows Pole" Song by Led Zeppelin from the album Led Zeppelin III Released October 5, 1970 Recorded May - August 1970 Genre Folk rock, blues rock Length 456 ... Page Led Zeppelin III track listing "Out on the Tiles" (5) "Gallows Pole" (6) "Tangerine" (7) This plotline is followed in perhaps the most familiar ... "Gallows Pole" begins as a simple acoustic guitar rhythm mandolin is added in, then electric bass guitar shortly afterwards, and then banjo and drums simultaneously join in ...
... In addition to "The Maid Freed from the Gallows", "The Prickly Bush" and the more recent "Gallows Pole", variations of the song have been recorded or reported under more than a dozen ... These include "The Gallis Pole" "The Gallows Tree" (Bert Jansch) "The Prickilie Bush" "Hangman" "Hangman, Slacken" "Hangman, Slack on the Line" "Gallows" "Freed ...
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“This man was very clever and quick to learn anything in his line. Our tent was of a kind new to him; but when he had once seen it pitched, it was surprising how quickly he would find and prepare the pole and forked stakes to pitch it with, cutting and placing them right the first time, though I am sure that the majority of white men would have blundered several times.”
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“For when the gallows is high
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