Ballad of Sally Ann

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the country song "The Ballad of Sally Ann," in the style of Mark O'Connor.

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Genre: Country, Bluegrass
Skill Level: Advanced
Key of G

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the country song "The Ballad of Sally Ann."

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"The Ballad of Sally Ann" is a traditional fiddle tune.  This arrangement was created by Mark O'Connor and the lyrics were written by Alice Randall, Harry Stinson and Mark O'Connor.  It was recorded in 1991 by the New Nashville Cats.

The Ballad of Sally Ann

With love in his heart and flowers in hand
Johnny proposed to Sally Ann
Sally shivered as she said, 
"I'll love you 'til the day I'm dead"

Refrain: Who's gonna dance with Sally Ann 
Who's gonna touch her tremblin' hand 
When the fiddler takes the stand 
Who's gonna dance with Sally Ann

Johnny got married in his one good suit 
But the ride from church bore strange fruit
Down by road you can hear her cry 
As he hung from a tree, she watched him die

Refrain
Sally attends every wedding 'round here 
Lookin' for her Johnny dear
When wedding bells ring in that town 
A ghostly widow strolls the ground
Refrain

Sail away ladies, Sail away!
Sail away ladies, Sail away!

Darkened shadows cross the floor 
As ghostly lovers dance once more
You can feel them in the room 
If the fiddler plays that tune 
Refrain
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This topic contains 11 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  John Cockman 1 month ago.

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  • #42582

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Another spooky tune to help you celebrate the day!

    The Ballad of Sally Ann

    #42598
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Oh that’s a good one!  I love it.  I gotta learn that one right away.  Good creepy halloween story, but it’s a great ballad for anytime.  I hear d Mark O Conner do it similar to that on youtube and always wanted to learn it.  You look so proud singing with your daughters…ya’ll sound so good together.

    #42600

    Angela
    Participant

    Yippee!! No tricks here. All treats. Happy Halloween to BGD land. Awesome family talent. Thanks!

     

    #42604

    Hakan Lindholm
    Participant

    Very good.

    #42774

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Very wonderful! Your daughters sang this song so well! I’ve never heard this song before!

    #66166

    Angela
    Participant

    I worked on this one for my Halloween treat. I don’t have it enough to post yet but will soon. It’s a great lesson.

    John, in the tab, I think the chord should be a minor instead of d minor. What do you think?

    #66170
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

    I just love a ghostly tale!  This one made me feel right at home in my new plot.

    Thank you John, Arwin and Lorien for such a great rendition and lesson!

    #66198

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Angela, I think I’ve got it fixed… Let me know if you see anything else!

    #66201
    fiddlewood
    fiddlewood
    Participant

    This is going on the “to learn” list for sure.

    Hoping to start on it sometime next week…we’ll see how the present project goes…It’s actually a tune from BGD this time.

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by fiddlewood fiddlewood.
    #66245

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I hope to hear you play it soon!

    #66256
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Sally Ann, the Ballad of Sally Ann, Sail Away, Ladies…how does anybody decide which one?

    #66332

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    That’s why there’s a whole “Sally Ann” or “Sandy Land” family of tunes. They just keep populating!

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