Sammy Dead

A Jamaican folk song describing the fate of a man called Sammy.

Verse 1
Sammy plant piece a corn down a gully; (mhm-mhm)
An it bear till it kill poor Sammy. (mhm-mhm)
Sammy dead, Sammy dead, Sammy dead-o. (mhm-mhm)
Sammy dead, Sammy dead, Sammy dead-o. (mhm-mhm)

Verse 2
A no tief Sammy tief mek dem kill him; (mhm-mhm)
A no lie Sammy tell mek him dead-o. (mhm-mhm)
But a grudgeful, yes dem grudgeful mek dem kill him. (mhm-mhm)
But a grudgeful, yes dem grudgeful mek dem kill him. (mhm-mhm)

Verse 3
Neighbour kyaan bear fi see neighbour flourish; (mhm-mhm)
Neighbour kyaan bear fi see neighbour flourish. (mhm-mhm)
Sammy dead, Sammy dead, Sammy dead-o. (mhm-mhm)
Sammy dead, Sammy dead, Sammy dead-o. (mhm-mhm)
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5 thoughts on “Sammy Dead

  1. It is PIECE A CAWN (corn), NOT peas and corn (or variants of it). That is how Jamaican farmers describe a farm plot. Check out the name of any place with “piece” in the name; it is always an agricultural or other plant object – Cassava Piece, cane piece, grass piece. Just recently my mother-in-law, with whom I had this very argument, was passing a plot and commented “what a niece piece a dasheen” – which I used to prove my point. A piece can simply refer to a plot (usually a “good looking” one) or a large plot (like acres of it).

    Sammy propably had both a large “piece” that was truly a piece because of how bountiful it was.

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  2. It was peas and corn….most of my life I thought it was piece a corn but think about it…how is piece a corn possible🤣😂 but bad mind and grudgeful is a terrible thing

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