"Black Betty" as written by Pd Traditional and J Baird....
Whoa Black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Yeah Black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Black Betty had a child, bam-ba-lam
Damn thing gone wild, bam-ba-lam
She's always ready, bam-ba-lam
She's all rock steady, bam-ba-lam
Whoa Black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Yeah Black Betty, bam-ba-lam

Alright

Whoa Black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Go Black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Yo really gets me high, bam-ba-lam
Yeah that's no lie, bam-ba-lam
She's always ready, bam-ba-lam
She's all rock steady, bam-ba-lam
Whoa Black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Yeah Black Betty, bam-ba-lam

Yeah
Oh yeah, oh right [Repeat: x3]
Hey-eh-eh-eh

Whoa Black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Go Black Betty, bam-ba-lam
She's from Birmingham, bam-ba-lam
Way down in Alabam', bam-ba-lam
Black Betty had a child, bam-ba-lam
Damn thing gone wild, bam-ba-lam
Whoa Black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Yeah Black Betty, bam-ba-lam

Oh yeah
Oh right
Oh yeah [Repeat: x1]


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"Black Betty" as written by Huddie Ledbetter

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  • +1
    Song Meaning'Black Betty' is a direct reference to the originals creator's love for the Flinstones. It is Betty Rubble in which the singer writes about and goes on to reference the character's son BamBam in the popular lyric: "Bam-ba-lam". BamBam was her "child" and in the show was a rather "wild" Boy as described in the song. The lyricist continues to joyfully represent the Flinstones in the parodying line "She's all rock steady" a throwback remark to the show's usage of the term "rock" as an adjective.

    It is also my personal belief that Betty is referred to as "Black" Betty, because of her trademark black hair.
    TearsandTigerson January 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTop choice of a cover song by Spiderbait and good to see that it gave their career a good ol' kick start back to what they were like in the mid-late 90s.
    Aneurysm1985on May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really dont care what this song is about cuz i think its about nothing. I just like it because one of my friends sometimes he talks really 'ghetto' sometimes and you cant really understand him so i think this song is kinda what he sounds like sometimes like "blambalamlamasdlkhasdf". lol. just a thought....
    chulzyon November 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif l find out who gives these cheap bands permission to cover classic rock songs... l'll give them a smack
    sleepsyon February 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's the classic rock bands themselves I think - they ahve to give permission.
    quarter_past_threeon March 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt was orignally a Cuck Berry song.
    amillionminuteson June 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno, it was originally a leadbelly song and heaps of ppl have covered it over the years. I think this is one of the better covers turning a tale of a prostitute? (I think) into a fast adrenaline-packed pumping song.
    Dressed2Depresson August 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh i thought lynard skynard was the orignal...i really like this song regardless who sings it cuz it has GREAT energy! lol!
    Breathe_Meon September 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know for a fact it was Leadbelly who first RECORDED it. And then Ram Jam took it on to where it became more popular.
    Justuson November 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally, I've always thought it was about a gun. That's what I was told.

    But I also hear it derived from an old prison cadance.

    I, myself... Think that Meat Loaf's cover was AMAZING.
    Justuson November 02, 2006   Link

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