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Little Sadie

This song is by Daniel Lanois and appears on the single The Maker (1989).

I went out last night to make little round
I met my little Sadie and I took her down
I went back home and I got into bed
With a forty four pistol under my head

We were talking next morning about half past nine
Horse and the buggies all standing in line
Gents and the gamblers hanging around
They're taking little Sadie to the burying ground

Then I began to think what a deed I'd done
I grabbed my hat and away I run
I made a good run but a little too slow
They overtook me in Jericho

I was standing on a corner ringing my bell
When up stepped the sheriff from Thomasville
He said, young man, is you 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
The first degree and the second degree
If you've got any papers won't you read them to me?

They took me down town and dressed me in black
They put me on the train and started me back
They took me down to the Thomasville jail
I had no money for to go my bail

The judge and the jury they took their stand
The judge held the papers in his right hand
Forty one days and forty one nights
Forty one years to wear the ball and the stripes


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