“Bad Lee Brown (Little Sadie)”

Alternate titles: “Bad Man's Blunder”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (Randolph)
Keywords: homicide prison
Found in: US(Ap,So,SE)

Description

The singer goes out one night to "make his rounds." He meets his (girlfriend/wife), Little Sadie, and shoots her. He flees, but is overtaken and sentenced to (a long prison term/life)

Recordings

References

  1. Laws I8, "Bad Lee Brown"
  2. Randolph 155, "Bad Lee Brown" (2 fragments, 1 tune)
  3. Cambiaire, p. 22, "Little Sadie" (1 text)
  4. MWheeler, pp. 109-111, "Late One Night" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. BrownII 252, "Sadie" (1 text)
  6. MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 39-40, "Little Sadie" (1 text)
  7. Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 243, (no title) (1 fragment)
  8. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 89-91, "Bad Man Ballad" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. DT 659, LILSADIE*
  10. Roud #780
  11. BI, LI08