“Hang Me, Oh Hang Me (Been All Around This World)”

Alternate titles: “Cape Girardeau”; “I've Been All Around This World”; “The Hobo's Lament”; “The Hobo Blues”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Belden)
Keywords: execution punishment death gambling gallows-confession lament
Found in: US(MW,So)

Description

Man about to be hanged laments his life. Says, "Hang me, oh hang me, and I'll be dead and gone/It's not the hangin' that I mind, it's layin' in the grave [or jail] so long." In some versions he describes his life as a gambler.

Notes

Laws regards Belden's and Randolph's versions of this as a ballad, "The Gambler," which he lists as dE43. But the text seems much more diffuse than Laws's small and highly specific subset. - RBW

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References

  1. Belden, pp. 472-473, "The Gambler" (1 text)
  2. Randolph 146, "My Father Was a Gambler" (2 texts, 2 tunes); 348, "Since I Left Arkansas" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 173-175, "My Father Was a Gambler" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 146A)
  4. Friedman, p. 232, "The Gambler" (1 text)
  5. Fife-Cowboy/West 92, "I've Been All Around This World" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. LPound-ABS, 57, pp. 130-131, "The Gambler" (1 text)
  7. Lomax-FSNA 298, "John Henry-I"; 299, (1 text, 1 tune, containing a large portion of "Been All Around This World" or a relative)
  8. Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 129-130, "I've Been All Around the World" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. DT, GAMBLR2
  10. Roud #3416
  11. BI, R146