Sad Sack

by Fletcher Magellan



This song has a few birthplaces. First, I wrote the chorus in the second Old Fashioned Records studio in winter 2015. It was always either 45 or 90 degrees down there. That day it was 45.

I sat on that chorus for a while. I could see Sad Sack, I knew who he was, but where did he come from? I revisited Sad Sack's story on tour in February 2016, many thanks to Dorothy in Nashville, Annie, Larry, and Tiffany in Memphis and Daniel, Jeanie, and Pat in Mt Olive, Alabama for listening to many of our attempts to figure out Sad Sack's origins.

Eventually, when camping in the Bankhead National Forest in northwestern Alabama, his story came out of the woods. Early one morning I crawled out of the tent and sat down near a babbling brook and wrote the rest. I learned he was a veteran, an orphan, and that he was just as worthy of aid as the rest of us. Seeing the community and camaraderie of folks in New Orleans was the primary inspiration for the moral at the end of the song. "Give 'em a hand up and a smile / After all, we're all just trying to get through"


released February 19, 2017

Written by Cody D Fitzpatrick between Memphis, New Orleans and Birmingham on tour in 2016.

Cody Fitzpatrick - Acoustic, vocals
Danny Shaheen - Electric guitar
Marc Bromaghim-Oropeza - Organ
Paul DeLong - Bass
Gabriel J Roy - Drums
Ross Fellrath - Pedal Steel

Recorded on 3 May 2016 at the Polish School in Northeast Minneapolis
Engineered and mixed by Paul Flynn
Mastered at the Tree House in St. Paul by Jim May
Artwork by Whittney A. Streeter (



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Fletcher Magellan Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fletcher Magellan is a sometimes two, sometimes ten-piece cosmic country band from Minneapolis. “Fletch” draws influence, instruments, and imagery from gospel, R&B, and psychedelic rock, as well as both kinds of music (country and western). Saxophones, steel guitars, and Samsonite suitcases are but a few of the music makers you might trip over onstage at a show. ... more

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