#00179
Samuel Small (English Traditional) video
See also: Sam Hall (English Traditional)
And also: Sam Hall (Irish Descendants)
#825: YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2009
~ Used with permission ~

Oh, my name is Samuel Small, Samuel Small,
Oh, my name is Samuel Small,
And I hate you one and all,
You're a gang of muckers all,
Damn your eyes.

Oh, I killed a man they said, so they said,
Yes, I killed a man they said,
For I cracked him on the head,
And I left him there for dead,
Damn his eyes

So they put me in the quad, in the quad,
Yes they put me in the quad,
With a chain and iron rod,
And they left me there, by God,
Damn their eyes.

And the parson he did come, he did come,
And the parson he did come,
And he looked so #$%* glum,
With his talk of kingdom come,
Damn his eyes.

And the sheriff he came too, he came too,
And the sheriff he came too,
With his boys all dressed in blue,
They're a gang o' muckers too,
Damn their eyes.

So it's up the rope ye go, up ye go,
So it's up the rope ye go,
With your friends all down below,
Saying, "Sam, I told you so,"
Damn their eyes.

Saw my Nellie in the crowd, in the crowd,
Saw my Nellie in the crowd,
And I hollered right out loud,
"Needn't look so #$%* proud,
Damn yer eyes."

So this'll be my knell, be my knell,
So this'll be my knell,
Hope to #$%* you go to hell,
Hope to #$%* you sizzle well,
Damn your eyes.

####.... Variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, Jack The Chimney Sweep, published by J Pitts (London) sometime between 1819 and 1844, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(1849) ....####
This is a somewhat milder variant of an English traditional (Jack Hall) who was hanged at Tyburn in 1707. In the 1840s, the song was rewritten and performed on stage by music hall singer C W Ross who changed the title to Samuel Hall.

The video above features a 12-string guitar performance of the C W Ross variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.



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