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Sam Hall (English Traditional)
See also: Samuel Small (English Traditional)
And also: Sam Hall (Irish Descendants)

Oh, me name it is Sam Hall, chimney sweep, chimney sweep,
Oh, me name it is Sam Hall, chimney sweep;
Oh, me name it is Sam Hall, and I rob both great and small,
And me neck will pay for all when I die, when I die,
And me neck will pay for all when I die.

Up the ladder I did grope, that's no joke, that's no joke,
Up the ladder I did grope, that's no joke;
Up the ladder I did grope, and the hangman pulled the rope,
And ne'er a word I spoke, tumblin' down, tumblin' down,
And ne'er a word I spoke, tumblin' down.

Oh, they took me to Coote Hill in a cart, in a cart,
Oh, they took me to Coote Hill in a cart;
Oh, they took me to Coote Hill, and I stopped to make my will,
Saying the best of friends must part, so must I, so must I,
Saying the best of friends must part, so must I.

####.... Variant of a British broadside ballad, Sam Hall, published by E M A Hodges (London) sometime between 1846 and 1854, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark Harding B 20(27). [Laws L5] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also an abbreviated and 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. ....####

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