Little Sadie clawhammer banjo tabsBack
This song is played in several keys. Choose whatever works for your voice, but make sure your banjo is set to sawmill tuning: gDGCD. This could be played in almost any tuning, but this one is the most common and traditional for this song.Learn
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A great traditional mountain tune that is popular in Bluegrass and Old-Time circles.
Little Sadie lyrics
Went out one night to make a little round I met Little Sadie and I shot her down Went back home, jumped into bed .44 pistol under my head I woke up in the morning about half-past-nine The hacks and the buggies standing in line Gents and gamblers standing around Taking Little Sadie to her burying ground I began to think of what a deed I'd done I grabbed my hat and away I did run Made a good run, just a little too slow They overtook me in Jericho Standing on the corner a reading a bill And up stepped the sheriff from Thomasville He said, "Miss, is your name Brown? Remember the night you shot Sadie down?" I said, "Oh yes sir, but my name is Lee And I murdered Little Sadie in the first degree First degree and second degree Got any papers, will you read 'em to me?" So they took me downtown and dressed me in black Put me on a train and started me back All the way back to the Thomasville jail Had no money for to go my bail The judge and the jury they took their stand The judge had the papers in his right hand 41 days, 41 nights 41 years to wear the ball and stripes Went out one night to make a little round I met Little Sadie and I shot her down Went back home, jumped into bed .44 pistol under my head