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Got You Cover’d Monday • The Hangman’s Song

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I stopped paying attention to the zombies lovingly tearing the flesh from their human food…

I don’t know about the rest of you, but my Sunday was pretty shitty, what with all the rain and everything. What’s a restless soul to do when they’re forced in doors? Watch movies of course. For anyone who knows me knows how much I love horror. Well there you go. It’s a rainy Sunday and I was feeling like getting my zombie on so my girl pops in the 2004 version of “Dawn Of The Dead“. It was during the movie when at some point, I stopped paying attention to the zombies lovingly tearing the flesh from their human food and I started listening to the music playing in the background. It was a pretty good soundtrack to be sure.

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if this was in fact a cover song, then WOW, what a great song for our Got You Cover’d feature!

The song that caught my attention was “The Hangman’s Song“, as performed by Tyler Bates, Joey Waronker, Rusty Logsdon, Nan Vernon and Soda. The song itself sounded like a cover of a song I’ve heard before, probably from some blues artist, but I just couldn’t place it. I became consumed with the fact that “The Hangman’s Song” was an old blues song, but I just needed to be sure. For you see, if this was in fact a cover song, then WOW, what a great song for our Got You Cover’d feature! Well, as it turns out, “The Hangman’s Song” was indeed a cover song that Tyler Bates & Co. were performing, just not an old blues song like I had fervently believed it had been.

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I guess the media refused to report on white people hanging from the fucking oak trees.

As it had turned out, “The Hangman’s Song” was written by Tim Kelley and Christa Meyer, who made up the whole of the band that was Puerto Muerto. “The Hangman’s Song” was originally written by Tim and Christa for Puerto Muerto’s second album, 2004’s See You In Hell. 2004? Wait, what!? I was flabbergasted. The subject matter has to do with, as you’ve already gathered from the title, hangings, and seeing as hangings were rather prevalent in the old bad times (1860’s-1960’s), I was sure that this song was written by one of the blues greats, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, or Blind Lemon Jefferson, NOT by two white people. I’m sorry, but what do white people know about the hanging experience? I didn’t know hangings become so common amongst white people? I guess the media refused to report on white people hanging from the fucking oak trees. Yet, here I am. Writing a feature on this song because I love it so much and I just don’t know why.

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Tyler Bates… punked it up bringing it down to a running time of 1:16 turning it into a high energy song. About hanging. For a zombie movie. I am perplexed.

The Hangman’s Song” came out the same year as the Dawn Of The Dead remake was released, and I guess Tyler Bates dug the song so much, he wanted to cover it for the Dawn Of The Dead soundtrack. Again, I haven’t the foggiest what swinging bodies have to do with zombies, but maybe I’m thinking too deeply on it. Tyler Bates took the original 3:52 song and punked it up bringing it down to a running time of 1:16 turning it into a high energy song. About hanging. For a zombie movie. I am perplexed.

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