Oh my name it is Sam Hall chimney sweep, chimney sweep

Oh my name it is Sam Hall chimney sweep

Oh my name it is Sam Hall and I've robbed both great and small

And my neck will pay for all when I die, when I die

And my neck will pay for all when I die


Oh I've twenty pounds in store, that's not all, that's not all

Oh I've twenty pounds in store, that's not all

Oh I've twenty pounds in store and I'll rob for twenty more

For the rich should help the poor, so must I, so must I

For the rich must help the poor, so must I


Oh they took me up Cootehill in a cart, in a cart

Oh they took me up Cootehill in a cart

Oh they took me up Cootehill and it's there I made my will

Saying best of friends must part, farethee well, farethee well

Saying best of friends must part, farethee well


Up the ladder I did grope, that's no joke, that's no joke

Up the ladder I did grope, that's no joke

Up the ladder I did grope and the hangman pulled the rope

And ne'er a word I spoke, tumbling down, tumbling down

And ne'er a word I spoke tumbling down


Oh my name it is Sam Hall chimney sweep, chimney sweep

Oh my name it is Sam Hall chimney sweep

Oh my name it is Sam Hall and I've robbed both great and small

And my neck will pay for all when I die, when I die

And my neck will pay for all when I die


Video 1: Backing track karaoke, created from anonymous MIDI

Video 2: Singer - Rosa - Cassette Recording,1980, from a folk club in the West of England - converted to this video April 2022.

SAM HALL - 2 VIDEOS

This song is about a chimney sweep named Jack Hall. He was hanged at Tyburn for burglary of a house. This was the main place in London for execution of criminals and convicted  traitors. On his execution day in 1707, Jack Hall would have been transported in an open horse drawn cart for three miles, from Newgate prison to Tyburn gallows.

In the 1850s the song also became known as Sam Hall, with place name changed to Cootehill in Ireland.


Another song "The Ballad of Captain Kidd" is an English song about Captain William Kidd, who was executed for piracy at Execution Dock, Wapping, London (1701). This song has a similar melody and is performed at a much faster tempo with totally different lyrics on Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Sea Shanty Edition, Original Game Soundtrack. Another song with the familiar melody is Admiral Benbow. The popular sea shanty version can be found on Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag, Complete Edition.

The Tyburn Tree stood in the middle of the road way, providing a landmark on the way to London and a warning to criminals. Thousands of people came to watch the executions.

Public Domain image from Wikipedia.


The Sam Hall Backing Track on this page has been created from an anonymous public domain MIDI file. For your own projects, a few tricks may be necessary so that the original MIDI file can be edited. Using the ‘Sam Hall’ MIDI file as an example:



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