The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #14925   Message #130877
Posted By: dpara
02-Nov-99 - 10:56 AM
Thread Name: Leadbelly and the Gallus Pole / Gallows Pole
Subject: Leadbelly and the Gallus Pole
So I have wondered for a number of years where did Leadbelly learn his version of "The Maid Freed from the Gallows." We do a folk residency in the Boonville, Mo. 4th grade every year, and while they're sanding their mouthbows I play them versions of the song, an Ozark version of which we had already sung with them. Included are a Kentucky version, Leadbelly's and the Led Zepplin version which I suspect came more from Leadbelly than an English source. Anybody know the answer? dave para