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1. Went out last night for to make a little round
I met Little Sadie and I blowed her down
Went back home and I got into bed
Forty-four smokeless under my head

2. Woke up next mornin' bout a half past nine
The hacks and the buggies all standing in line
Gents and the gamblers all standing around
Taking Little Sadie to her burying ground

3. And I got to thinkin' what a deed I done
I grabbed my hat and away I run
Made a good run, but a little to slow
They overtook me in Jericho

4. I's a standing on the corner reading the bill
When up stepped the sheriff from Thomasville
Said, "Young man, ain't your name Brown?
Remember that night you blowed Sadie down."

5. I said "Yes Sir, my name is Lee
I murdered little Sadie in the first degree
First degree and second degree
If you got any papers, won't you read 'em to me?"

6. They took me downtown and dressed me in black
Put me on a train and they sent me back
Crammed me back into the Thomasville Jail
Got no money for to go my bail

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


from Little Sadie (3 track single), released February 1, 2005
trad. arr. The Rosinators
Paul Castle, vocals, banjo, guitar
Fliss Premru, fiddle, harmony vocals
Will Sneyd, fiddle, harmony vocals


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“An incredibly inventive concoction of bluegrass, Cajun dance tunes and gospel country from this London three-piece” [The Sunday Times].

“Formed in 2001, they blazed out of the traps with dynamic three-part vocal harmonies and fiery twin-fiddle attacks driven by crackin' guitar picking." [Edinburgh Festival Fringe]
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