Black Davey come running on back,
Whistlen' loud and merry,
Made the woods round him ring,
And he charmed the heart of a lady,
Charmed the heart of a lady.

"How old are you my pretty little miss?",
"How old are you my honey?",
She answered with a loving smile,
"I'll be sixteen come sunday",
Said "ill be sixteen come sunday".

"Come and go with me, my pretty little miss
Come and go with me, my honey
I'll take you where the grass grows green
You never will want for money"
Said, "You never will want for money

"Pull off, pull off your long, blue gloves
Made of Spanish leather
Give to me your lily-white hand
And we'll ride off together"
Said, "We'll ride off together"

Well, she pulled off her long, blue gloves
Made of Spanish leather
And gave to him her lily-white hand
And bid fairwell forever
And they both rode off together

Well, late last night the boss came home
Inquiring about his lady
The servant spoke before she thought
"She been with Black Jack Davey
Rode off with Black Jack Davey"

"Come on, come on my coal-black horse
You're speedier than the gray
I'll ride all day and I'll ride all night
And I'll overtake my lady
Yeah, I'll overtake my lady"

Well, he rode all night 'til the broad daylight
'Til he came to a river ragin'
And there he spied his darlin' bride
In the arms of Black Jack Davey
Wrapped up with Black Jack Davey.

Would you forsake your house and home?
Would you forsake your baby?
Would you forsake your husband, too
To go with Black Jack Davey?
Run off with Black Jack Davey?

Yes, I'd forsake my house and home
And I'd forsake my baby
And I'd forsake my husband too
To go with Black Jack Davey
I'm in love with Black Jack Davey

Last night I slept on a feather bed
Between my husband and baby
And tonight I lay on the river banks
In the arms of Black Jack Davey
I'm in love with Black Jack Davey

Lyrics submitted by ed.bk84

Black Jack Davey song meanings
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    General CommentThe little riff is pretty good! the song is awesome I think is about gir that's cheating on her husband
    Zerovermarson March 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthat seems about right...
    neverheardofhimon April 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are self explanitory. Only thing that should be noted is this is a traditional song. Just a guess but I'd say the White Stripes covered the song as a tribute to Bob Dylan's version.
    rc23on May 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentohh yeah, this is one of those good old traditional songs. one of my personal favorites (as you can see). I'm a bob dylan fan first, but i still like the white stripes version better. Dylan puts this wierd voice in his version, just unnatural.
    Blackjack Daveyon August 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI Love These Old Fashioned Cover Songs.
    miss_victoron September 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone knwo where i can find this song on the net?
    kipperjoeon June 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti just downloaded this song, along with a bunch of other single/b-sides, and its probably my new favorite white stripes song it kicks ass
    njensenon November 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe White Stripes (who did my favorite version of the song) did a cover of the Bob Dylan song "Black Jack Davey", which was actually an interpretation/cover of the more traditional song, (the Incredible String Band does a good version if you want to listen to the original~)

    lolzjessieon December 30, 2008   Link

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