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The Ballad of Sadie Farrell

from The Warming House by Nehedar



Come listen to my story of a girl you ought to know
A lassie in New York over a hundred years ago
Sadie Farrell was a girl you wouldn't ever want to meet.
Sadie the Goat would ram her head into your gut if she met ya on the street.

She ruled the 4th ward with a heart of stone
Made victims of poor travelers alone

Sadie Farrell had a rival at the Water's Street Bar
A 6 foot lady bouncer by the name of Gallus Mag
Mag had a way with customers who'd taken it too far
One day she had her way with Sadie - bit her ear off in a scrag

Sadie Farrell then left the bloody 4th Ward
she saw the Charles Street Gang at a sloop attempting to board
They clearly needed her help, so she took over the gang
Hijacked ships took raidin trips while the old jolly roger swang

Oh what a terrible time to live riverside
In a mansion or a farm, Sadie was coming to do ya harm
If she captured ya son who can you thank?
If Sadie takes to liking ya she won't make you walk the plank

For one summer they ruled just one summer and then
The farmers took arms, set to get their revenge.

Sadie Farrell went back to the bloody 4th Ward
The famed Queen of the Waterfront
Reclaimed her ear where it was stored
She made a truce with old Mag in the end
Wore her ear around her neck and used her booty to brew some gin.

Sadie Farrell 1869 they would have you believe she was never alive
But don't you be fooled, cause she still roams the streets
Teaching lessons to the boys who expect her to be nice and sweet.


from The Warming House, released August 13, 2014
Featuring Michael Hitchcock on Vocals


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