Volbeat - The Hangman's Body Count Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Hear his boots and see the figure dressed in black...
Echoes of him have been heard, spiritually he's all intact
Guided by the raven since his eyes don't see
Hear him drag the rope that goes up to the hangman’s tree

The wind calls your name, get out of your bed
Go on to the rails, the raven will lead
Judgement will prevail, the hangman is here.

[Verse 2]
You smell the rain, and as you walk the final dirt
Pictures of the crime are past, but not forgotten in this world
See the valley turn to darkness on your way
The only friend you have is standing at the gallows end

The wind calls your name, get out of your bed
Go on to the rails, the raven will lead
Judgement will prevail, the hangman is here.

Put on the rope, you knew the day was coming
Say your prayers once more; you're part of the hangman’s body count

[Verse 3]
Hear his boots and see the figure dressed in black...
Echoes of him have been heard, spiritually he's all intact

The wind calls your name, get out of your bed
Go on to the rails, the raven will lead
Judgement will prevail, the hangman is here

Put on the rope, you knew the day was coming
Say your prayers once more; you're a part of the hangman’s body count

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  1. Loud NPhx

    Im thinking about my Rothschild's and Rockefellers right now...

    Hail Ye

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  3. Duane Grogans

    Who the hell were the idiots that gave this song a thumbs down??? 396 people need to be added to the hangman's body count!!!

  4. Virus Of Death

    Why does he sing like that? If I was the producer.... I'd tell him to quit it, sing like sully erna... hes his re**rded cousin

  5. Andrew Despot

    is this a dedication for chester? =)))

  6. Cyril #312

    Shorter than the original song from the album. But cool

  7. Alexander Osgood

    Godsmack is good but Volbeat is better

  8. Jeremy Robinson

    You know you fucked up right ? 😂😂😂 it’s not like I’m ever going to be with any of those women so call it what you want pimp juice 😂😂😂

  9. David Hughes

    This is the grestest song i have heard in a looong time. I thought there were no bands that replace slipknot on my playlist but you guys are bad ass.

  10. rickzilla0825

    Into our town the Hangman came,
    Smelling of gold and blood and flame.
    And he paced our bricks with a diffident air.
    And built his frame on the courthouse square.
    The scaffold stood by the courthouse side,
    Only as wide as the door was wide;
    A frame as tall, or little more,
    Than the capping sill of the courthouse door.

    And we wondered, whenever we had the time,
    Who the criminal, what the crime,
    That Hangman judged with the yellow twist,
    Of knotted hemp in his busy fist.
    And innocent though we were, with dread,
    We passed those eyes of buckshot lead; till one cried: "Hangman, who is he,
    For whom you raise the gallows-tree."
    Then a twinkle grew in the buckshot eye,
    And he gave us a riddle instead of reply:
    "He who serves me best," said he,
    "Shall earn the rope on the gallows-tree."
    And he stepped down, and laid his hand,
    On a man who came from another land,
    And we breathed again, for another's grief,
    At the Hangman's hand was our relief.
    And the gallows-frame on the courthouse lawn,
    By tomorrow's sun would be struck and gone.
    So we gave him way, and no one spoke,
    Out of respect for his hangman's cloak.

    The next day's sun looked mildly down,
    On roof and street in our quiet town,
    And, stark and black in the morning air,
    The gallows-tree on the courthouse square.
    And the Hangman stood at his usual stand,
    With the yellow hemp in his busy hand;
    With his buckshot eye and his jaw like a pike,
    And his air so knowing and businesslike.
    And we cried: "Hangman, have you not done,
    Yesterday, with the alien one?"
    Then we fell silent, and stood amazed:
    "Oh, not for him was the gallows raised."
    He laughed a laugh as he looked at us:
    "Did you think I'd gone to all this fuss,
    To hang one man? That's a thing I do,
    To stretch the rope when the rope is new."
    Then one cried, "Murderer!" One cried, "Shame!"
    And into our midst the Hangman came,
    To that man's place. "Do you hold," said he,
    "With him that was meant for the gallows-tree?"
    And he laid his hand on that one's arm,
    And we shrank back in quick alarm,
    And we gave him way, and no one spoke,
    Out of fear of his hangman's cloak.
    That night we saw with dread surprise,
    The Hangman's scaffold had grown in size.
    Fed by the blood beneath the chute,
    The gallows-tree had taken root;
    Now as wide, or a little more,
    Than the steps that led to the courthouse door,
    As tall as the writing, or nearly as tall,
    Halfway up on the courthouse wall.

    The third he took — we had all heard tell —
    Was a usurer and infidel,
    And: "What," said the Hangman, "have you,
    To do with the gallows-bound, and he a Jew?"
    And we cried out: "Is this one he,
    Who has served you well and faithfully?"
    The Hangman smiled: "It's a clever scheme,
    To try the strength of the gallows-beam."
    The fourth man's dark, accusing song,
    Had scratched out comfort hard and long;
    and "What concern," he gave us back,
    "Have you for the doomed - the doomed and black?"
    The fifth. The sixth. And we cried again:
    "Hangman, Hangman, is this the man?"
    It's a trick," he said, "that we hangmen know,
    For easing the trap when the trap springs slow."
    And so we ceased, and asked no more,
    As the Hangman tallied his bloody score;
    And sun by sun, and night by night,
    The gallows grew to monstrous height.
    The wings of the scaffold opened wide,
    Till they covered the square from side to side;
    And the monster cross-beam, looking down,
    Cast its shadow across the town.

    Then through the town the Hangman came,
    And called in the empty streets my name
    - and I looked at the gallows soaring tall,
    And thought: "There is no one left at all,
    For hanging, and so he calls to me,
    To help pull down the gallows-tree."
    And I went out with right good hope,
    To the Hangman's tree and the Hangman's rope.
    He smiled at me as I came down,
    To the courthouse square through the silent town,
    And supple and stretched in his busy hand,
    Was the yellow twist of the hempen strand.
    And he whistled his tune as he tried the trap,
    And it sprang down with a ready snap—
    And then with a smile of awful command,
    He laid his hand upon my hand.
    "You tricked me, Hangman!" I shouted then.
    "That your scaffold was built for other men.
    And I no henchman of yours," I cried,
    "You lied to me, Hangman, foully lied!"
    Then a twinkle grew in his buckshot eye:
    "Lied to you? Tricked you?" he said, "Not I.
    For I answered straight and I told you true:
    The scaffold was raised for none but you.
    "For who has served me more faithfully,
    Than you with your coward's hope?" said he,
    "And where are the others that might have stood,
    Side by your side in the common good?"
    "Dead," I whispered; and amiably
    "Murdered," the Hangman corrected me;
    "First the alien, then the Jew...
    I did no more than you let me do."
    Beneath the beam that blocked the sky,
    None had stood so alone as I -
    And the Hangman strapped me, and no voice there,
    Cried "Stay" for me in the empty square.


    Whats this from?


    @psychobeam99 it's from the poem, The Hangman, by Maurice Ogden.


    @rickzilla0825 Nice.


    @psychobeam99 I would associate this song with the poem since they both talk about The Hangman lynching people at the gallows.

  11. Zech Hughes

    I was playing red dead when I was listening to this and it went prefect with the game

  12. Chad Lamoureux

    The hangman seems like an American west version of Odin w the crow on his shoulder

  13. Dale Benjamin

    This band is bad ass......love it.

  14. Troy Martin

    Seen these guys at Pain In The Grass 2019 in Auburn, WA big hype for me it was the best show ive seen in YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Sketch Onomadek

    Sounds so awesome.

  16. Russell Kerr

    A band that just took metal a ride and i haven't never got off they just keep it coming I hope you ride to the top Metallica style

  17. Patrick Roberts

    this isnt the full recording. listen to a diffirent track.

  18. Tyree Cruz

    Mint transaction

  19. Tyree Cruz

    Twenty highly recommend

  20. Tyree Cruz

    Matthew in Teledyne

  21. SickMarmaladeGrandpa

    First Volbeat song I heard and recognized as theirs. Fk yes.

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  23. ThisIs KIA

    volbeat helped me when a girlfriend killed herself. their music toughened me up

  24. Pleksi

    Roses are red,
    My neighbours do too.
    When I listen to Volbeat,

    Violets are blue,

  25. John Harrill

    They are so awesome because they are from Denmark. The USA sucks in nearly everything.

  26. bastlwastl93

    Last good Volbeat Album

  27. Dac Blac

    ཀagnus༡༣ ༙ ༾༿ ཧtella༧

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  29. Macktastic7

    Holy fuck, I forgot how good Volbeat is, I think the last time I listened to a single song by them was 2012!

  30. MattLF9

    I don't know if I'm autistic but I had to lookup the lyrics for this song.
    I couldn't make out 90% of the lyrics.
    Absolutely badass song once I figured it out.

  31. MeeZyG

    <3 <3 <3

  32. Jeremy Robinson


  33. Dave Kuzma

    volbeat Rock's

  34. Dac Blac


  35. Victor Chmura

    The 336 people who didnt like this can fuck off

  36. Shane Crawford

    Curious boots and see the figure passing by

  37. Michael Lundy

    Damn, forgot about these guys. Back now.

  38. T.C. Culbertson

    What I love is you can add harmonica to every song,.....

  39. Chad Lamoureux

    If only they played rock again on the radio...Volbeat would and should be the biggest metal band on the planet

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  42. Cyril #312

    This is VOLBEAST guys! 🤘🏻🎸

  43. sean allen

    If you dont cout vocals the song is amazing at 2x

  44. Dac Blac


  45. Kole Trzebiatowski

    If you listen to the lyrics this would make a kick ass movie

  46. Bill Camilleri

    Lynn Daviault loves Bill Camilleri for life

  47. renz valles

    sounds like young metallica..

  48. golfingjack1

    318 idiots

  49. Anne Thomsen

    This song is so underrated if you ask me!

  50. Techstorm2065

    Chest man will prevail the wingman will seeeeee

  51. russell sheppard

    Still jamming

  52. Milos Vasic

    Super Spicy Solo

  53. CelticBrony

    I remember this on the radio

  54. o2ku .Cocker

    Its not a nazi

  55. Swalu Blue

    Been listening since 102 BCE

  56. RAY RUSH

    We. Turkish. Love you. Vol. 2019. ✊✊. Be. Form. Pa. USA.

  57. Future Quagmire

    The hangman was grover Cleveland

  58. Machine Gun Messiah


  59. Tomas Balciunas

    This is the 2000th piece of music that I have added to my playlist

    Have I lost my mind?


    Nah man

  60. lawrence tsosie

    My grandson turn me on to this. He's 6. Awesome.

  61. HAZMAT

    the hang mans twee

  62. Theak47forall

    I elbowed myself to the face. Got to excited.

  63. The Good Gamer

    this should be on the RDR2 soundtrack


    Agreed. But they wanted to keep everything, including the music, aesthetic to the time period.

  64. Dac Blac

    FangedM Ingreed Razepl mini vlollbys JGhost Rue cross's Scot castle Mary the red

  65. TrumpCorp.

    ok this is one of the better songs of volbeat..

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  72. Hannah Michelsen

    Roses are red,
    Violets are blue,
    When I listen to Volbeat,
    My neighbours do too.🤘🏻😂

    Travis Lavanway

    gee wizz i havent herd that one 700 times today.....


    @Travis Lavanway that was a great comment. Get over yourself.

    Wagner MH


    ratty ratty

    Lol mine too

    ratty ratty

    Can’t help but crank it

  73. Techstorm2065

    Sick fucking track

  74. Dac Blac


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  75. Future Quagmire

    These guys cannot make a bad song

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  78. Oregrown420

    Fucking incredible.. My Dad was a Hangman MC 1%

  79. Eli Nieves

    I love this song just cuz it's in left 4 dead 2 when the tank comes out

  80. Al Moist honest

    When it comes to my dog. Kick his ass from time to time yes. But you can’t kill my dog!

  81. Dac Blac

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  83. Chanse Stein

    this shit echoing off the walls of Fiddler's Green at the end of summer 2013!

  84. Metal Will

    My fav song by this band. That verse riff and melody is just perfection!

  85. Masta Mind

    274 people are brain dead assholes!

  86. Benjamin Fra Svalbard

    I would like to be a part of the hangman’s body count

  87. Chuck Roberts

    If everything is pitch black how big is your universe? The figure only appears to be dressed in black. It is merely the absence of all light and it will swallow you. Tune out, wake up!!

  88. Derek Dubeau

    I’m now knowing what a hangman is

  89. Michael Davis

    Blah...i think Trump 's Bigly statement, meant Big League...btw I hate politics! Haha hehe

  90. Steve Deleon

    If you no rock this is it awesome

  91. TheYeeYeeBuba -

    I’m 14 and I love this song

    Dac Blac

    Rolling Zeplin ✨📿🌌

  92. Adam Stewart

    What is going on with the editing of this clip of the song? Weird cuts and bits missing.

    Amazing song either way, just a shame to cut out some of the awesome


    I would love to see the undertaker use this

    Victor Allen Jones

    Americsn badass undertaker would fit perfection.

  94. Robert Stacey

    All hail volbeat

  95. themopedmetallist

    Brown, Peolsi,Reid, No McName, Nelson, DeLeon, Holder, E Garcetti, Merkel and J Trudeau, WILL you recognize Salvation through Christ alone, or continue to do it if it feels good? Great morning fellow patriots worldwide. Winning NEVER gets old!