The Ballad of William Winter

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An old gibbet set high on a windswept Northumberland moor, the last resting place for an evil man.

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Winter was a bad man, he came from a bad lot
eighteen years for petty crimes in prison cells left to rot
they hanged his brother before him
they hanged his father as well
but he didn't learn his lesson as he sat there in his cell

Winter was a cruel man, his temper it was hot
he murdered Margaret Crozier, stole everything she'd got
they hanged his brother before him
they hanged his father as well
now the hangman's sent his soul to a fiery hell

listen to my story
heed my warning well
as my body swings in the crisp cold air
my soul resides in hell

The Clark sisters were also hanged for their part in the crime
their bodies sent to surgeon's hall and damned for all time
they hanged his brother before him
they hanged his father as well
Winter's body now hangs in chains on a gibbet at Steng cross fell

listen to my story
heed my warning well
as my body swings in the crisp cold air
my soul resides in hell

William Winter, you have been found guilty of the heinous crime of murder,
you will be taken from here to a place of execution, where you will be hanged by the neck until you are dead,
and may God have mercy upon your soul.....................

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from Tales from the Jago, released July 31, 2014

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