Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley

Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley

Tom Dula (pronounced Dooley) was convicted of the murder of Laura Foster on Oct 21, 1866. Dula was a Confederate soldier. Laura Foster an 18-year-old who had been in a relationship with Dula. Stories vary but speculations suggest there was some sort of deceit, love triangle, which led to the untimely death of Miss Foster.  Just weeks later he would hang for this crime.

The Kingston Trio recorded the song and it became a hit.  “Dooley” is just one of many murder songs in the folk, bluegrass genre.

Tom Dooley
Throughout history there have been many songs
Written about the eternal triangle
This next one tells the story of a Mr. Grayson,
A beautiful woman, and a condemned man named Tom Dooley
When the sun rises tomorrow, Tom Dooley must hang
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Hang down your head and cry
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Poor boy, you’re bound to die
I met her on the mountain, there I took her life
Met her on the mountain, stabbed her with my knife
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Hang down your head and cry (ah-uh-eye)
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Poor boy, you’re bound to die
This time tomorrow reckon where I’ll be
Hadn’t-a been for Grayson, I’d-a been in Tennessee (well now, boy)
Hang down (your head) your head (Dooley) and cry
Hang down your head and cry (ah poor boy, ah well-ah)
Hang down (your head) your head (Dooley) and cry
Poor boy, you’re bound to die (ah well now boy)
Hang down (your head) your head (Dooley) and cry
Hang down your head and cry (ah poor boy, ah well-ah)
Hang down (your head) your head (Dooley) and cry
Poor boy, you’re bound to die
This time tomorrow reckon where I’ll be
Down in some lonesome valley hangin’ from a white oak tree
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Hang down your head and cry (ah-uh-eye)
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Poor boy, you’re bound to die (ah well now boy)
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Hang down your head and cry (poor boy ah well uh)
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Poor boy, you’re bound to die
Poor boy, you’re bound to die
Poor boy, you’re bound to die
Poor boy, you’re bound to die
Songwriters: Stefan Wachtberg

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