SAM HALL

SONGS FROM THE BALCONY


From the early 18th century originally, this song has spread all over the English speaking world. This version is English and tells the story of a chimney sweep, taken to the gallows at 24 for stealing. Unrepentant he is reported to have said he would do the same again if he was given his time over. I love the spirit of Sam, righting the financial inequality with his actions in a world where a child could be sold for hard labour. (Roud 169)



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