“Colonel Sharp”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1915
Keywords: homicide seduction suicide punishment
Found in: US(SE)


A girl tells her lover that she was seduced by Colonel Sharp. Both are humiliated; they agree Sharp must die. They pursue the colonel; the man kills Sharp. He is taken and condemned to die. The two kill themselves


This song is item dF38 in Laws's Appendix II.

Leach reports that this ballad is factually accurate except that the two lovers attempted suicide by poison rather than with a knife, and that the young man lived to be hung. - RBW

Historical references


  1. Leach, pp. 790-792, "Colonel Sharp" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4110
  3. BI, L790