Little Sadie-Clarence Ashley
Clarence Ashley, vocal and banjo in gDGCD tuning
Went out last night for to take a little round
I met a little Sadie and I blowed her down
I gone right home, and I went to bed
A .44 smokeless under my head
I woke next morning at half a-past nine
The brothers and the hacks all swarmed in line
The gents and the gamblers standin' around
A-gon' take Sadie to her buryin' ground
Why, I begin to think what a deed I done
I grabbed my hat and away I run
I made a good run, just a little too slow
They overtook me in Jericho
Standin' on the corner, ringin' a bell
Up stepped a sheriff from Thomasville
Says, "Young man, ain't your name Brown?
Don't you 'member the night you broke Sadie down?"
"Oh, yes sir, my name is Lee,
I murdered little Sadie in the first degree.
In the first degree and the second degree
Got any papers will you read 'em to me?"
Took me downtown and dressed me in black
Put me on the train and sent me back
Well, I had no one for to go my bail
They crammed me back in the county jail
Judge and the jury took their stand
Judge had the papers in his right hand
Forty-one days, forty-one nights
Forty-one year to wear the ball and stripes
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