Sadie the Goat

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Sadie Farrell was a fearsome river pirate of the Hudson and Harlem in the late 1800's. She was known for her signature headbutt which relieved many a gentleman of his wallet in the lawless streets of New York. After an altercation with a rival, Gallus Mag, she was forced to flee, quickly establishing herself as a gang leader and pirate. In her latter years she returned to the Forth Ward, making peace with Mag, who returned the ear she had bitten off during their last encounter.


Sadie she was tough, Sadie she was mean
Sadie had a head as hard as any you've ever seen
If Sadie wants your wallet, you'd better be watching out
That stony head will put you to bed, knock you fuckin' out

And then we come to Gallus Mag, she was a-6 foot tall
She had an inn in harlem of the name of the Hole in the Wall
Mag's a savage Mag's a brute Mag'll fill you heart with fear
Stormy night, got in a fight, Sadie lost an ear

Sadie fled the Bloody Fourth, she needed to lie low
A-skulkin' down the dockyards, she encountered Scally Joe
In a no-good nest of ne'er-do-wells with a need to steal a craft
Captain and crew, strong and true, they threw them fore and aft

Sadie saw her chance and she rallied them to a man
In a jig they had a boat and their pirate life began
Sailin' down the Hudson, with the Jolly Roger flying
Sadie the mean was a pirate queen without barely even trying

Down the Hudson and the Harlem sailed Sadie and her men
They drunk and fought they plundered then they drunk and fought again
They held a few for ransom, they made some walk the plank
They filled the hold with piles of gold and stuff they hadn't drank

The river folk were getting uneasy, started fighting back
The homes and lands of landlubbers they could no longer sack
So it's back to the Bloody Fourth, but with booty and reputation
And Sadie found in her old stomping ground provides congratulation

Now she's Queen of the Waterfront, she's no reason to fear
Made amends with Mag, who kindly returned her ear
Some they say that crime don't pay well Sadie would prove them wrong
She was Sadie the Goat, queen of the boat, and that's the end of the song!

Sadie the Goat, hijacked a boat, was queen of the river that's all that she wrote


from The Garden Folke, released August 1, 2018


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