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Little Sadie

Went out last night to take a little round
I 7b met Little Sadie and I blowed her 5 down
I 7b run right home and I went to bed
A 5 forty-four smokeless under my 1m head

Woke up next mornin' 'bout half past nine
The hacks and the buggies all standin' in line
Gents and gamblers standing around
Carrying little Sadie to her burying ground

I begin to think, what a deed I done
I grabbed my hat and away I did run
I made a good run, just a little to slow
They overtook me in Jericho

Standing on the corner a-ringing a bell
And up stepped the sheriff from Thomasville
Says, Young man, is your name Brown
Remember the night you blowed Sadie down

Oh, yes, Sir, my name is Lee
I murdered little Sadie in the first degree
First degree and second degree
Got any papers, will you read 'em to me

Took me downtown and dressed me in black
They put me on a train and they sent me back
Had no one for to go my bail
Crammed me back in the county jail

Judge and the jury took their stand
Judge had his papers in his right hand
Forty-one days, forty-one nights
Forty-one years to wear the ball and the stripes

Available in these books:

Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
Featuring large-print lyrics (20-point type) and chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.