"Crow Jane" as written by and Skip James....
Crow Janie, Crow Janie, Crow Jane, don't you hold you head high
Someday, baby, you know you got to die
You got to lay down and...
You got to die, you got to...

And I wanna buy me a pistol, wants me forty rounds of ball
Shoot Crow Jane, just to see her fall
She got to fall, she got to...
She got to fall, she got to...

That's the reason I begged Crow Jane not to hold her head so high
Someday, baby, you know you got to die
You got to lay down and...

And I dug her grave with s silver spade
Ain't nobody gonna take my Crow Jane place
You can't take her place no, you can't take her...

That's the reason I begged Crow Jane not to hold her head too high
Someday, baby, you know you got to die
You got to lay down and...

You know, I let her down with a golden chain
And every link I would call my Crow Jane's name
Crow Jane, Crow... Crow Jane, Crow...

You know I never missed my water till my well went dry
Didn't miss Crow Jane until the day she died
Till the day she...

That's the reason I begged Crow Jane not to hold her head too high
Someday, baby, you know you got to die
You got to lay down and...you got to die, you got to...

You know, I dug her grave eight feet in the ground
I didn't feel sorry until they let her down
They had to let her down, let her...they had to let her down...

That's the reason I begged Crow Jane not to hold her head too high
Someday, baby, you know you got to die
You got to lay down and...



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"Crow Jane" as written by Skip James

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    General CommentI always got something a little differen't from this song than what the previous commentor stated. I never used to know the lyrics apart from the bit when he song "someday you you to lay down and die" That line is so powerful and sad. It reminds me of the futility that is felt in life, and skip james always portrayed this in his songs. His voice always represents how overwhelmingly fragile you can feel. His guitar, it cries, it weeps. All of his songs have a sense of "ultimately futility in the end". I love the name of this song too, Crow Jane, renders a sense of dark loneliness.
    imponderableon November 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love the imagery of verse 4. In the foreground, a group of somber faced pall bearers lower her into her grave while Skip looks on farther in the back wailing her name. In the third verse when he talks about buring her and he says that nobody can take her place, he's not talking about her grave, he means no one can take the place she had in his life.
    What happened was he killed her(duh!) and then afterward he felt really bad about it and tried to make up for it. That's what he means by the golden chain and silver spade. That's the tragic part of the song. He tries so hard to make things work after she's dead, when he didn't do enough while she was alive. I think he still blames her though, the chorus is of him begging her not to act so damn proud.
    herrera152on October 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with both previous comments. To expand on the futility of life idea, the name Crow Jane to me is like Jane Doe thing meaning it doesn't matter who she is because it is experienced by everyone in life.
    shubon July 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWomen, can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.
    Gerbennon May 26, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI was wondering if Crow Jane is a reference to Jim Crow and the potential implications with regards to who Crow Jane was?
    james81502on September 08, 2014   Link

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