Hangtown Ball (Todd Sheaffer)

First played

October 27, 2012

Last played

October 27, 2018

Times played

79

Lyrics/Notes

My name is Abraham Bell
I came west in 49
I came for riches and gold
Here I met the end of the line

Have yourselves a Hangtown ball, dancin to the banjo
Have yourselves a Hangtown ball
Listen to the wind tonight, you'll hear me calling
Calling

My name is Tom Quinn
It was gamblin' did me in
The bullets went wild and loose
They put me in the Hangtown noose

Have yourselves a Hangtown ball, dancin' to the banjo
Have yourselves a Hangtown ball
Listen to the wind tonight, you'll hear me calling
Calling

My name is Jud McKee
Two other men and me
For murder and robbery
We went swingin' from the old oak tree [A]

Have yourselves a Hangtown ball, dancin' to the banjo
Have yourselves a Hangtown ball
Look up in the moon tonight, you'll see me falling [B]
Fallin'

Every day's another day to send another on his way
The Devil's running loose in old Hangtown
Every day's another day to beg for mercy, kneel and pray
Before they string you up and drop you down [C]

Rob each other, Kill each other
Father Brother Sister Mother
The Devil's running loose in old Hangtown.
Everyday's another day to beg for mercy, kneel and pray
before they string you up and drop you down

My name is Gideon Black
I came to get my life back [D]
But my life here came to no good
It ended in the hangman's hood

Here lies old Jack Snow
A meal for the for the peckin crow [E]

My name is Elias Cole [F]
I was tried by a drunken mob
For a shooting in the Jackal Saloon
I went swinging by the light of the moon

Have yourselves a Hangtown ball, dancin' to the banjo
Have yourselves a Hangtown ball
Look up in the moon tonight
You'll see me falling, fallin'

Have yourselves a Hangtown ball, dancin' to the banjo
Have yourselves a Hangtown ball. gettin full of liquor
Have yourselves a Hangtown ball, swingin [dancin] with the ladies
You'll hear me calling, Calling

My name is Abraham Bell
I came west in 49
I came here full of hope
I ended in the hangman's rope [G]

Have yourselves a Hangtown ball, dancin' to the banjo
Have yourselves a Hangtown ball. gettin full of liquor
Have yourselves a Hangtown ball, swingin [dancin] with the ladies
Have yourselves a Hangtown ball

Video of 1st Time Played:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVzed-x5quE

NOTES:
[A] initially 'Hangtown tree'
[B] Listen to the wind tonight, you'll hear me calling
[C] Before they tie the knot and clamp it down
[D] I came here to start a new life
[E] alternatly: Here lies old [my name is old] Jack Snow, a meal for the for the peckin [carrion] crow
[F] They call me Three Finger Sam
[G] Ya'll can go to Hell, and there y'll meet Abraham Bell

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