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Moira Cameron Origins: Streets of Derry/Derry Gaol (26) Lyr Add: DERRY GAOL (sung by Peter Bellamy) 21 Jan 98

The song is entitled DERRY GAOL.
Pete Bellamy recorded it.

Oh after morning there comes an evening
And after evening another day
And after false love, there comes a true love—
It is hard to keep them that will not stay.

My love, he is the finest young man
He is as fair as any the sun shone on
But how to save him I do not know it,
Since he's been sentenced all to be hung.

As he was marched up through the streets of Derry,
I'm sure he marched up right manfully
Being much more like some commanding officer
Than a man to hang upon the gallows tree.

But the very first step he did put on that ladder,
His bloomin' colour began to fail
And with heavy sighin' and bitter cryin',
"Is there no releasement from Derry Gaol?

And the very next step he did put on that ladder,
His lovin' clergyman was standing by,
Cryin', "Stand you back, you false prosecutors,
For I'll make you see that he may not die."

"Yes, I'll make you see that you may not hang him
Until his confession to me is done,
And then you'll see that you may not hang him
'Til within ten minutes of the setting sun.

"Oh where is my love? She is so long a-comin';
Oh what detains her so long from me.
Oh, does she think it some shame or scandal
For to see me hang upon the gallows tree?"

He turned around, and then he saw her coming
And she rode swifter than the wind,
Crying, "Stand back, stand back, you false prosecutors
For I've come to tell you that he may not die."

"Oh come down, my love, from those weary gallows,
For I've brought your pardon all from the Queen—
I made them see that they may not hang you—
And I'll crown my love all with a bunch of green!"

Anyone know what that last line is supposed to mean?

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