The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 – The Hanging Tree

PDF File Download: The Hunger Games – The Hanging Tree NAF Tab

Original Composer: Lyrics by Suzanne Collins, composed by Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz

Technical notes: Requires use of cross-fingering and half-holing. Play on an NAF in the key of E if you wish to accompany the original track.

About: Originally passed down to the main character Katniss Everdeen by her father, The Hanging Tree becomes a song of rebellion during the rebels’ struggle against the oppression of the Capitol. The song, sang from the point of view of the hanging man, is an invitation to his one true love to flee with him – that is, to join him in death. Lyrics are included below.

On Playing: The Hanging Tree is really a very simple piece to play on NAF; the only half-hole occurs at the start of each verse, so it’s easy to set yourself up for rather than having to jump to it from another note. Only one very common cross-fingering is used so it should present you with little problem. The tab shows the two variations of the verse, sang in turns.

Listen to the track on YouTube:

Lyrics:
Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where they strung up a man they say murdered three.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where the dead man called out for his love to flee.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where I told you to run so we’d both be free.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

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