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The Hanging Judge

Myrna Riquier

November 25, 2018

Genre: Country

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This one is about Judge Parker, a real person and a judge who preferred to hang his criminals rather than put them in jail. Surely he wasn't all that popular. This is one of our historical songs.


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Brent Baxter

Hi, Myrna!  Thanks for sharing your song with us.  It has a cool retro classic country vibe to it.  And, as an Arkie myself, I’ve heard about him.  In the 2nd verse, I’d find some other ways to say “hang.”  Keep that word fresh and powerful for the title.

Could be a cool bluegrass tune.

Hope that helps.  Please pay it forward by leaving a comment on another writer’s song.  Doesn’t have to be in-depth or authoritative- just your thoughts.  The best way to GET feedback is to GIVE feedback, after all!  Thanks!

November 28, 2018

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Reid Yamamoto

Hi Myrna, Very cool song, and I love the vibe and feel and the story you tell. Your melody is very nice and fits well for your song, but perhaps a bit more variation in the chorus would help create more contrast and power of your chorus.

Love this line: “There was no need for a cell, when ole Parker judged your crime.”

Very nice job on it!

December 01, 2018

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Brent Baxter

Hi, Myrna!  Thanks for sharing your song with us.  It has a cool retro classic country vibe to it.  And, as an Arkie myself, I’ve heard about him.  In the 2nd verse, I’d find some other ways to say “hang.”  Keep that word fresh and powerful for the title.

Could be a cool bluegrass tune.

Hope that helps.  Please pay it forward by leaving a comment on another writer’s song.  Doesn’t have to be in-depth or authoritative- just your thoughts.  The best way to GET feedback is to GIVE feedback, after all!  Thanks!

November 28, 2018

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Reid Yamamoto

Hi Myrna, Very cool song, and I love the vibe and feel and the story you tell. Your melody is very nice and fits well for your song, but perhaps a bit more variation in the chorus would help create more contrast and power of your chorus.

Love this line: “There was no need for a cell, when ole Parker judged your crime.”

Very nice job on it!

December 01, 2018


The Hanging Judge

Written by Myrna Riquier


He was born in Ohio in eighteen thirty-eight.
A man of his convictions that some folks came to hate
A judge to try the guilty, some say he was just mean
In a place where law and order had not yet been seen.
Oh, whoa, the Hangin’ Judge, he was the Hangin’ Judge

Judge Parker liked to see them, a’ hangin’ in the breeze
Each time he hanged an outlaw, it set his mind at ease
Oh he had sentenced many, to hang in his life time
There was no need for a cell, when ole Parker judged your crime.

Oh-whoa the Hangin’ Judge, he was the Hangin’ Judge
In that hell-on-the-border jail, no one could ever go your bail
He always hung ‘em high, watched the fear in pleading eyes.
But he would never budge, no he would never budge
On that Arkansas border, he was The Hangin’ Judge

His words were harsh and deadly, indeed they were a curse
For outlaws only left his town, in an old black horse-drawn hearse
He was defined an honest man, but some still hold a grudge,
For in “The Court of the Damned", he was the Hangin’ Judge.

Oh-whoa the Hangin’ Judge, he was the Hangin’ Judge
Feared far and wide, he was the Hangin’ Judge.
In that hell-on-the-border jail, he never ever gave them bail
He always hung ‘em high, watched the fear in pleading eyes.
But he would never budge. No, he would never budge
On that Arkansas border, he was the Hangin’ Judge

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