“Sh-Ta-Ra-Dah-Dey (Snagging the Klacking)”


"Sh-ta-ra-dah-dey, sh-ta-dey, Times is mighty hard. A dollar a day is all they pay For work on the boulevard." Alternately, "Hip-fa-lad-di-dee/Graybacks/Are mighty thick/A dollar a day/Is all they pay/For snaggin'/The Klacking Creek."


While Beck gives no information about the circumstances under which the song was sung, it sounds enough like a worksong that I've given it that keyword. - PJS

Whereas Sandburg lists his as a lullaby. I can't prove that these two are the same song -- but they're too similar to separate until fuller versions come along. - RBW


  1. Sandburg, pp. 36-37, "Sh-Ta-Ra-Dah-Dey" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  2. Beck 23, "Snaggin' the Klacking" (1 short text)
  3. Roud #6515 and 8861
  4. BI, San036


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Found in: US(MW)