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The Gallows

by Justin Francoeur

The Gallows is a tribute to the death of my Father, Bill Francoeur. It is the story of a Governor in a small, old west town. He is about to be hung for crimes he did not commit, though most of the town is thirsty to see him hang. He is not ready to die.
Genre: Blues: Dirty Blues
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In a small old west town in the desert, on a scorching summer day, the town’s governor is slowing walking out into the desert to make his way up a hill, and to be hung at the gallows. He has shackles on his wrists and ankles; you can hear them clanging with every step. From the opposite direction, the hangman is approaching. He carries an empty sack for the governor’s head and is taking his time getting there because this is not a hanging he wants to do. The governor has been judged guilty of crimes that only his wife and son, and a few friends - the hangman among them - believe he did not commit. His wife and child stand among the angry mob in the main thoroughfare, helplessly watching their husband, and father resignedly make his way up the hill. (The bridge is sung from the perspective of his wife and son, touching on the fact that they barely knew this great town figure.) In the final scene, the governor stoically accepts the noose - not even sure what the point is in displaying honour and courage in this final moment - but in spite of the facts, he is not ready to die.

This is, The Gallows

Lyrics and music by Justin Francoeur

Governor walking up the hill now
Hangman coming any day now
People in the street, they are talking, gawking
Hangman coming any day now

Hangman walking, with his sack empty
He’s stallin’, starin’, up the hill so gently
The crowd’s restless, they want blood
For all the crimes, they think he’s done
A child cries out, for his mother
She’s scared now, there won’t be another

Remember times in passing, when you were here
All I took for nothing: a life of silent fear
And now you’re gone, I miss you so
I’ll never let you go

This is the time and place, this is the man of the hour
Ain’t gonna see his face, ain’t gonna see him cower…….

He walks up to the gallows, fear in his eye
He holds his head up, don’t know the reason why
He says goodby to his mortal life
This is the end, this is his time to die

For the recording I specifically chose people who had been close to and worked closely with my Dad. It was recorded entirely in the studio in which he recorded all his musicals.


Justin Francoeur - electric and acoustic guitars, tenor banjo, shackles, horse shoe, hammer and wood
Fred Wolking - slide guitar
Neil Hebbert - upright bass
Damon Scott - drums, shaker
Laura Francoeur - vocals, piano
Ryan Francoeur - vocals piano
Mark Harris - flute

Recorded at Derryberry’s Recording Studio, Arvada, CO
Engineer - Mark Derryberry

Produced by Justin Francoeur

Mixed by Mark Derryberry and Justin Francoeur

Mastered by Tony Cousins

Published by The Justin Francoeur Publishing Company © 2017

Artwork by Scott McCormick



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