Bill Banks

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Outtake from No Pedlars or Preachers. From the singing of Dolly Greer.
KM - vocal
LA - vocal
SM - fiddle


Bill Banks was a young man of 25 years
Had a wife and four children to be left a frontier
He was hanged over in Jefferson in the County of Ashe
In the state of North Carolina in the land of his birth

The bell rang at the courthouse was about 9 o'clock
When the people all gathered for to see this sad sight
When the sheriff came walking with Banks by his side
For to hang this poor man who had made many crimes

At the jailhouse that morning was a very sad time
When he kissed his wife and children to be left here behind
She said to him "William I will see you no more
Til we meet in yon heaven where partings no more"

He went on the scaffold bout half after one
He politely addressed them and then he begun
He talked quite awful relating his case
Performing quite much which had passed in his race

The witness were a falsehood I know in my mind
For they swore that I shot him as much as six times
And I only had five cartridges and this I know well
How often I shot him I never can tell

His left arm was around me and his thumb in my eye
Had his gun in his right hand and his bowie was nigh
This treatment so scared me all out of my mind
I shot him and killed him in a moment of time


from Revisionist, released April 22, 2017
Traditional, arr. Dyad



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