"De Ballit of de Boll Weevil" as written by and John A. Lomax Huddie Ledbetter....
You can talk about the latest
The latest of your own
These boll weevils
They will rob you of a home
They are looking for a home
They are looking for a home
The first time I seen a boll weevil
He was sitting on the square
The next time I seen a boll weevil
He had his whole family there
They are looking for a home
They were looking for a home
They are looking for a home
They are looking for a home
They are looking for a home
They was looking for a home
The farmer he took the boll weevil
Put him on the sand
The boll weevil said to the farmer
You treat me just like a man
And I will have a home
I will have a home
The old lady said to the old man
I'm trying my level best
To keep these boll weevils
Out of my brand new cotton dress
Cause its full of holes
Yeah, its full of holes
The old man said to the old lady
What do you think of that
These boll weevils got into my brand new stetson hat
And it's full of holes
Yeah it's full of holes
Alright, yeah it's full of holes
Well it's full of holes
Yeah it's full of holes
Well it's full of holes
Alright now this next verse is about myself
And when I'm done I hope you'll sing along with me on
"he's looking for a home" OK?
I said if anybody asks you people
Who sang you this song
You tell 'em it's jackie white
He's done been here and gone
And he's looking for a home
He's looking for a home
He's looking for a home
He's looking for a home
He's looking for a home
He's looking for a home
He's looking for a home
He's looking for a home
He's looking for a home
He's looking for a home






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"De Ballit of de Boll Weevil" as written by Huddie Ledbetter Alan Lomax

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    General Commenti remember this from somewhere...
    i remember jack saying that 'remember who sang you this song'
    neverheardofhimon April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMarvelous rendition of an great ancient Leadbelly song from the early 1900's...
    Thrilliamon April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the song they usually use to end their shows, they did at least on both the elephant and satan tours. I love it on Under Blackpool Lights, when he asks the crowd to sing along. "Then you'll be happy, I'll be happy, and lord knows Meg'll be happy!" I freakin love this song. (as for you neverheardofhim you probably heard it on blackpool lights)
    jtexploderon August 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis Song Is Great. It's Old, And Old=Cool.
    miss_victoron September 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgod is this a classic ending song.
    ghostabc123on February 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDe Ballit of de Boll Weevil is written phonetically in ebonics. Interesting fact.
    GregHuttoon June 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthas anyone heard the live version where jack starts ranting and swearing at "punk" in the audience?
    sam_forston June 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentso... what is a "boll weevil" anyone?
    polozon June 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA boll weevil is a beetle that feeds off cotton bolls, the young buds of the cotton plants. There was a particularly big outbreak in the 20s, which really wiped the American cotton industry.

    In this context, I think the boll weevil is referring to a drifter, a vagabond who goes from town to town, hence the search for a home. He's called a boll weevil probably because he's seen as a pest, leeching off people like the boll weevil feeds off of farmers' crops. Undertones of the racial divide ("You treat me just like a man / And I'll have a home") makes me think this is possibly about a black drifter.
    vaudevillainon July 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentF*** I LOVE THE WHITE STIRPES!
    i jsut had a burst of OMG this band is effing amazing i just cant get enough :D :D :D O_O
    ashtrayhearton November 16, 2007   Link

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