Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Hanging Tree

I have been waiting weeks for the sun to shine so I could get a good picture of our very own "hanging tree" at the west end of Center street.
Today I gave up, took the photo and doctored it up with Pic Monkey, a Google app for photo editing available in Googles Web Store.
The song "The Hanging Tree" from the movie Mockingjay intrigued me from the first time I heard it. I found the lyrics to put with the picture and if you would like to hear it you can go to this Youtube video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntlw_tFZoks



[Verse 1]
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

[Verse 2]
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

Verse 3]
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

[Verse 4]
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

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

Description by Brock Chenier, Elizabeth Milch & 5 more
Note: The text on this page contains the original lyrics contained in Suzanne Collins’s novel, which do not exactly match the lyrics sung by Jennifer Lawrence in the film adaptation.
Katniss Everdeen sings “The Hanging Tree” near the end of the 9th chapter of the book Mockingjay bySuzanne Collins. Recovering from a conflict with the Capitol in District 8, the revolutionaries of District 13 ask to interview Katniss and her best friend Gale about their now destroyed home, District 12.
But Katniss doesn’t do scripted well, so the film crew decides to break for lunch. To avoid conversation, Katniss sits at the edge of the group, next to Pollux, a member of the crew who was tortured by the Capitol and now can’t speak (they cut out his tongue).
Sitting in silence, Katniss notices a Mockingjay and nudges Pollux to show him. To Katniss’s surprise, Pollux whistles a little tune to the bird, who whistles back. Pollux asks Katniss to sing. First, Katniss sings the four-note tune that Rue taught her in her first Hunger Games. Those four notes had been a part of life in Rue’s home District 11—they were the signal that field work was done for the day. But since the Victors' Tour in Catching Fire, they have been a cry of the Revolution.
As her mind moves from memories of Rue and District 11 to her own home, Katniss asks Pollux if he would like to hear the Mockingjays sing a real song. She sings “The Hanging Tree,” a song her father taught her before he died. Even then, the powers that be (and Katniss' own mother) were disturbed by the song, and no one had sung it for years. But Katniss remembers it all and sings the whole thing.
Only after the Mockingjays sing back does Katniss notice the film crew was shooting the whole time—they finally got the footage they needed, and the Revolution got a new anthem.

And here is the untouched picture as I took it with my phone.



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