The Sad Bag Of Shaky Jake

New Authorised Biography out 18 March 2021

All or Nothing, Simon Spence’s oral history biography, is drawn from over 125 interviews with those who knew Marriott intimately: his wives, children, bandmates and closest friends, managers, record producers, record label bosses and his fellow musicians. Included are scores of people who have never told their story before. From his child star beginnings to his battles with drug addiction and untimely death in a housefire, All or Nothing is a visceral and unflinching account of Steve Marriott’s extraordinary and often troubling life.

Humble Pie - The Sad Bag of Shaky Jake
Humble Pie – The Sad Bag of Shaky Jake

Song Facts

Writers: Steve Marriott

Length: 2:57

Release Date: 1969

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B-Side: Cold Lady

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Credits

Performers:

  • Vocals, Guitars, Wurlitzer Electric Piano – Steve Marriott
  • Vocals, Guitars – Peter Frampton
  • Drums, Tambourine – Jerry Shirley
  • Bass, Vocals – Greg Ridley
Lyrics

Natural Born Bugie

When I was just a kid back in Abeline
I had to use a gun, well for my own sake
I shot a man down when I was just eighteen
And from that day they call me Shaky Jake

Shaky Jake, boy, what you gonna do ?
Texas Rangers coming after you
Here's the price you pay for one mistake
So get off the streets, it's Shaky Jake

Ma says I was born under a bad sign
I was lookin' for the chance to make or break
I cut my teeth on a brandin' iron
I'm the devil's own son, I'm Shaky Jake

Shaky Jake, boy, what you gonna do ?
Texas Rangers coming after you
Here's the price you pay for one mistake
So get off the streets, it's Shaky Jake

I keep on the run now
I travel by night
I don't need anyone
But someone, one day, somewhere's gonna see me right

Dig a hole about six foot deep
Pray the Lord my soul to take
I don't want flowers and nobody's gonna weep
Here lies that outlaw, Shaky Jake
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