DESCRIPTION: "Here I stand in the jail house door, Here I'll stand no more. Goodbye to my mother And friends forevermore. My mother she did warn me, She warned me when I 'as young, 'I'll raise you up for the gallows; My son, you will be hung.'"
EARLIEST DATE: 1947 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: mother warning homicide gallows-confession
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
BrownII 292, "Manley Pankey" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanIV 292, "Manley Pankey" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
ST BrII292 (Full)
NOTES [55 words]: According to the notes in Brown, Pankey was a laborer and musician who murdered his employer, a farmer named Curry. As usual, the song is described as sung by the condemned man before his execution. However, the editors can provide no precise dates or real details, and the song is a scrap with no circumstantial details at all. - RBW
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