From 1196 - 1783 Tyburn was the site of "The King's Gallows" in London. People were hanged there for committing the crimes of treason, petty treason, murder, robbery, larceny, rape and arson. Women were burnt at Tyburn for petty treason and high treason. The executions took place in public creating a popular spectacle for all to see. These gallows were nicknamed "The Tyburn Tree". Many songs have been written about the gallows at Tyburn and the people who were executed there. This is a ballad called the "The Tyburn Tree”, "Easter Tree", or "Gallows Tree". Although the song's origins are unknown this version was written by Dave Goulder and made popular by June Tabor.
Since 1973, 1465 people have been executed using the death penalty in the United States.
This song is dedicated to those who have died in the hopes that we will continue to fight against capital punishment.
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