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Sam Hall (Irish Descendants) tabs, videos
See also: Samuel Small (English Traditional)
And also: Sam Hall (English Traditional)
#1899 YouTube video by Notasthinkasudrunkim
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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've robbed 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.

I have twenty pounds in store, that's not all, that's not all,
I have twenty pounds in store, that's not all;
I have twenty pounds in store, and I'll rob for twenty more,
For the rich must help the poor, so must I, so must I,
For the rich must help the poor, so must I.

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

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,
Oh, and ne'er a word I spoke, tumblin' down, tumblin' down,
Oh, and ne'er a word I spoke, tumblin' down.

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 hate yas one and all,
You're a bunch of muggers all, damn your eyes, damn your eyes,
You're a bunch of muggers all, damn your eyes.

####.... 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. ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by the Irish Descendants (Misty Morning Shore, trk#11, 1991, produced by Gary O'Driscoll of the Irish Descendants, St John's, NL and recorded at First City Studios, St John's, NL); and (So Far So Good: The Best Of The Irish Descendants, trk#17, 1999, Warner Music Canada, Ltd, Scarborough, Ontario); and (We Are The Irish Descendants, trk#12, 2004, Kells Music, Green Island, New York).

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A very similar variant was arranged and recorded by The Fables (Tear The House Down/The Fables, trk#8, 1998, First City Productions/Actual Music, St John's, NL).

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A variant was also recorded by Connemara [1992-1997] (The River, trk#6, 1993, Piper Stock Productions, Torbay, NL, produced by Dermot O'Reilly).

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The video below features an excellent cover performance by Sean Kenny of Port au Port East, NL.

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#1517 YouTube video by drivermciver
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The video below features an excellent twelve-string guitar and mandolin performance of a variant arranged by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

#1577 YouTube video by threelegsoman
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Oh, me [A] name it is Sam [D] Hall, chimney [A] sweep, chimney [E] sweep
Oh, me [A] name it is Sam [D] Hall, chimney [A] sweep
Oh, me [D] name it is Sam Hall, and I've [A] robbed both great and [E] small
And me [A] neck will pay for [D] all when I [A] die, when I [E] die
And me [A] neck will pay for [D] all when I [A] die.

I have 20 pounds in [D] store, that's not [A] all, that's not [E] all
I have [A] 20 pounds in [D] store, that's not [A] all
I have [D] 20 pounds in store, and I'll [A] rob for twenty [E] more
For the [A] rich must help the [D] poor, so must [A] I, so must [E] I
For the [A] rich must help the [D] poor, so must [A] I.

Oh, they brought me to Coote [D] Hill, in a [A] cart, in a [E] cart
Oh, they [A] brought me to Coote [D] Hill, in a [A] cart
Oh, they [D] brought me to Coote Hill, there I [A] stopped to make my [E] will
For the [A] best of friends must [D] part, so must [A] I, so must [E] I
For the [A] best of friends must [D] part, so must [A] I.

Up the ladder I did [D] grope, that's no [A] joke, thats no [E] joke
Up the [A] ladder I did [D] grope, that's no [A] joke
Up the [D] ladder I did grope, and the [A] hangman pulled the [E] rope
Oh, and ne'er [A] a word I [D] spoke, tumblin' [A] down, tumblin' [E] down
Oh, and ne'er [A] a word I [D] spoke, tumblin' [A] down.

Oh, me name it is Sam [D] Hall, chimney [A] sweep, chimney [E] sweep
Oh, me [A] name it is Sam [D] Hall, chimney [A] sweep
Oh, me [D] name it is Sam Hall, and I [D] hates ya one and [E] all
You're a [A] bunch of muckers [D] all, damn your [A] eyes, damn your [E] eyes
You're a [A] bunch of muckers [D] all, damn your [A] eyes.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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