《The Hangman and the Papist》歌詞:by Cousins The Strawbs mp3歌詞

The village square stands quiet with the curfew still in force

The streets are even clear of dogs and whores

Like some evil bird of prey the scaffold spreads its wings

The people build their fires and bolt their doors

The mayor is giving dinner to the officers and wives

His eldest son is learning how to fawn

The barrack block is hushed and tense, the soldiers drawing lots

Who will be the hangman in the dawn.

The lot falls on a young man who has served for but a year

His home is in the village close nearby

He shivers at the thought of what he’s forced to do next day

He wonders who it is that has to die

The full moon casts a cold light on the gloomy prison walls

The papist walk his cell, he cannot sleep

He hears the waiting gallows creaking just beyond the door

He prays for he has no more tears to weep.

The day begins to break, the muffled drums begin to sound

A crowd begins to gather in the square

The presence of the hangman in his terrifying mask

Weighs heavy on the minds of all those there

The colonel reads the sentence which the papist knows by heart

He has failed to show allegiance to the King

His crime is thus with God himself, in His name he must hang

The papist, head held high, says not a thing.

The jailer binds his hands and puts the blindfold to his eyes

He leads him through the door before the crowd

The hangman sees his victim and the blood drains from his face

He sees his younger brother standing proud

The hangman tries to protest but is ordered to proceed

His trembling hands begin to take the strain

His eyes are blind with streaming tears, he cries for all to hear

“Forgive me God, we hang him in they name”.