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Led Zeppelin

Gallows Pole

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  • 1973

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“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 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. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Swingin' on the gallows pole ... To keep you from the gallows pole ... To keep me from the gallows pole

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