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I came to town to search for gold
And I brought with me a memory
And I seem to hear the night wind cry,
"Go hang your dreams on the hangin' tree
Your dreams of love that could never be
Hang your faded dreams on the hangin' tree!"

I searched tor gold and I found my gold
And I found a girl who loved just me
And I wished that I could love her too
But I'd left my heart on the hangin' tree
I'd left my heart with a memory
And a faded dream on the hangin' tree.

Now there were men who craved my gold
And meant to take my gold from me
When a man is gone he needs no gold
So they carried me to the hangin' tree
To join my dreams and a memory
Yes they carried me to the hangin' tree.

To really live you must almost die
And it happened just that way with me
They took the gold and set me free
And I walked away from the hangin' tree
I walked away from the hangin' tree
And my own true love, she walked with me!

That's when I knew that the hangin' tree
Was a tree of life, new life for me
A tree of hope, new hope for me
A tree of love, new love tor me
The hangin' tree, the hangin' tree, the hangin' tree!



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    UnregisteredMar 2, 2014 at 12:55 am
    Marty Robbins did this song first I believe and did a great job, did the background song for the movie also "The Hanging Tree" with Gary Cooper. Then why was Frankie Lane singing the song on the Academy Awards show for the Hanging Tree award instead of Marty Robbins and why wasn't Marty Robbins there at least since he made the song fit the movie. And he was still alive and active then in case someone doesn't know. Certainly a fiasco!
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    UnregisteredApr 7, 2012 at 4:55 am
    I think it means that a guy is accused of murder so some people found out where him and his true love were going to meet and hung him and when his true love came she saw he was dead and was so awed with fear and anger and sorrow that she thought he told her to flee to safty

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