Song of the Day #2,344: ‘The Hanging Tree’ – Jennifer Lawrence

jennifer_lawrence_hanging_treeIn Billboard’s 15th slot is ‘The Hanging Tree,’ performed by none other than actress Jennifer Lawrence, who can seemingly do no wrong.

Lawrence had to be coaxed into singing the song for a scene in the film, having very little confidence in her voice. I’m sure she never dreamed of landing this high on the Billboard charts.

I still haven’t seen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One, so I can’t comment on the effectiveness of this song in the film. But it’s lovely as a standalone single.

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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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,344: ‘The Hanging Tree’ – Jennifer Lawrence

  1. Dana says:

    The song is incredibly effective in the movie. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is the version of the song that is climbing the charts. We heard the radio version the other day and the kids in particular were a bit horrified that they created a pop version of the song. It makes sense, however, that the pop version would be the one to climb the charts, though the bare version you feature here is far better. Here is the radio version:

    https://buzzhub.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/listen-jennifer-lawrences-the-hanging-tree-radio-edit-from-mockingjay-part-1/

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