Clarence Ashley: Little Sadie | Song-Factsheet


Song «Little Sadie» von Clarence Ashley.


Veröffentlichungsdaten: 1930 03 (Single), 1929 10 23 (Rec,)
Label: Columbia 15522 D
Songwriter Traditional
Genre: Americana - Folk - Ballads, Americana - Country - Countryfolk


Diese Ballade stammt aus dem 20. Jahrhundert und wurde 1922 zum ersten Mal aufgeschrieben und ein Fragment davon 1948 im «Ozark Folksongs, Vol. II» publiziert.
Clarence Ashley war der erste, der die Ballade für eine Platte sang.
Die Ballade trägt zuweilen andere Titel wie «Bad Lee Brown», «Bad Man Ballad», «Whisky Blues», «Cocaine Blues» (z.B. auf Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison), «Chain Gang Blues», «Transfusion Blues» oder «Bad Man's Blunder.

Personen und Querverweise

Clarence Ashley


Went out one night for to make a little round I met little Sadie and I shot her down Went back home and I got in my bed Forty four pistol under my head Wake up next morning 'bout a half past nine The hacks and the buggies all standing in line Gents and the gamblers standing all round Taking little Sadie to her burying ground Then I begin to think what a deed I'd done I grabbed my hat and away I run Made a good run but a little too slow They overtook me in Jericho I was standing on the corner, reading the bill When up stepped the sheriff from Thomasville He said, young man, ain't your name Brown? Remember the night you shot Sadie down? I said, yes, sir, my name is Lee I murdered little Sadie in the first degree And first degree and the second degree If you got any papers, won't you read 'em to me? They took me downtown and dressed me in black Put me on the train and started me back They crammed me back in that Thomasville jail And I had no money for to go my bail That judge and the jury, they took their stand The judge had the papers in his right hand Forty one days and forty one nights Forty one years to wear the ball and the stripes