Sam Hall chords & lyrics

ft. Paddy Reilly

The music and lyrics to Sam Hall are traditional... an adaptation of an old English Folk Song. This version of the song by Paddy Reilly is featured on his album, The Balladeer.
Music: Key of E Major in 4/4 time at 110 bpm (♩)
Chords: E, Esus4, A, B, Bsus4
Capo on 2nd fret and play in D Major
Chords with capo: D, Dsus4, G, A, Asus4
Paddy Reilly

Sam Hall by Paddy Reilly

Capo: 2nd Fret if playing with video

Intro: 4/4 

          D              G                 D               | A  / / Asus4  |  A  |
1. Oh me name it is Sam Hall___ Chim-ney sweep____ Chim-ney sweep
           D             G                | D  / / Dsus4  |  D  |
   Oh me name it is Sam Hall___ Chim-ney  sweep
          G                               D                   | A  / / Asus4  | A  |
   Oh me name it is Sam Hall___And I've robbed both great and small
           D                 G             D            | A  / / Asus4  |  A  |
   And my neck will pay for all___ When I die____ When I die 
           D                 G             | D  / / Dsus4  |  D  |
   And my neck will pay for all___ When  I  die

            D                 G                 D              | A  / / Asus4  | A  |
2. I have twen-ty pounds in store___That's not all___That's not all
            D                 G                | D  / / Dsus4  |  D  |
   I have twen-ty pounds in store___ That's not all
           G                                    D            | A  / / Asus4  | A  |
   I have twen-ty pounds in  store___ And I'll rob for twenty more
            D                  G              D          | A  / / Asus4  |  A  | 
   For the rich must help the poor___ So must I___ So must I
            D                  G            | D  / / Dsus4  |  D  |
   For the rich must help the poor___ So must I  

           D              G                 D               | A  / / Asus4  |  A  |
3. Up the lad-der I did grope___ That's no joke___ That's no joke
           D              G                 | D  / / Dsus4  |  D  |
   Up the lad-der I did grope___ That's  no  joke
           G                              D                 | A  / / Asus4  |  A  |
   Up the lad-der I did grope___ And the hang-man pulled the rope
     D                  G                 D               | A  / / Asus4  |  A  |
   I ne'eard a word I spoke___ Tumb-ling down___ Tumb-ling down
     D                  G               | D  / / Dsus4  |  D  |
   I ne'eard a word I spoke___ Tumb-ling down

              D                 G            D          | A  / / Asus4  |  A  |
4. Oh they brought me to Coote-hill___ In a cart___ In a cart
              D                 G          | D  / / Dsus4  |  D  |
   Oh they brought me to Coote-hill___ In a cart
              G                                 D              | A  / / Asus4  | A  |
   Oh they brought me to Coote-hill___ And I stopped to make my will
            D                    G              D          | A  / / Asus4  |  A  |
   Say the best of friends must part___ So must I___ So must I
            D                    G            | D  / / Dsus4  |  D  |
   Say the best of friends must part___ So must I

          D              G                 D              | A  / / Asus4  |  A  |
5. Oh me name it is Sam Hall___ Chim-ney sweep__ Chim-ney sweep
          D              G              | D  / / Dsus4  |  D  |
   Oh me name it is Sam Hall___ Chim-ney sweep
          G                                D                   | A  / / Asus4  | A  |
   Oh me name it is Sam Hall___ And I've robbed both great and small
           D                 G             D           | A  / / Asus4  |  A  |
   And my neck will pay for all___ When I die___ When I die
           D                 G             D  ...
   And my neck will pay for all___ When I die 
Free Music Transposition   Simply highlight & copy the entire song sheet above - then click on the button... more.

Sam Hall chords and lyrics

D Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
            D                 Dsus4                G                    A                 Asus4
    e |---|-2-|---|     e |---|---|-4-|     e |---|---|-3-|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|
    B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|---|     B |---|-3-|---|     B |---|---|-4-|
    G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|-1-|---|
    A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|---|x    A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|-2-|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          D                 Dsus4                G                    A                 Asus4
    |---|-2-|---| e     |-4-|---|---| e     |-3-|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e
    |-3-|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|-3-|---| B     |-4-|---|---| B
    |---|-1-|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D
   x|---|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets

Notes

Chimney Sweep
  • Level Of Ease: Easy with a capo - ideal for beginners
  • Song Key: E Major - 4 sharps (F# C# G# D#) A capo is used on the 2nd fret and the song is played in D Major - audibly, it is still in E major... D major with a capo on the 2nd fret (+ 2 semitones) = E major.
  • 4/4: This represents 4 quarter-note/crotchet beats per bar. You can count each bar a number of ways, e.g., |1 2 3 4| or |1& 2& 3& 4&| etc.
  • Tempo: approx. 110 bpm
  • Paddy adds an extra bar of music at the end of lines 1, 3 and 4 of each verse, which adds a touch of interest to the song. When you see |A / / Asus4|, this means you play the A major chord for the first 3 beats of the bar, and the Asus4 chord for the 4th beat of the bar. The same goes for the D and Dsus4 chords.
  • If you don't want to use a capo, you can play the song in E major... transposition below.
Key of D D Dsus4 G A Asus4
Key of E E Esus4 A B Bsus4
  • Paddy Reilly plays a fingerpicking style throughout the song. It is important when using this style that you can hear each string clearly. With the more difficult chords like B Major and Bsus4, you can often play muffled strings which you want to avoid in this style of playing. Using a capo and playing open chords that are simple to play like A Major and Asus4 is a much better alternative for a musician, and the result - a sound that is crisp and clear.
  • If you are not playing along with the video, you can use whatever key you like... use the Free Music Service above for any type of key transposition.
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