"Ballad Of Spider John" as written by and W.a. Ramsey....
Spider John is my name friend
I'm in between freights and I sure would be obliged
If you'd share your company
I know this may sound strange to you
But if you wait 'til the song is sung and the story's told
You might come to understand
Why I'm old and bent and devil's been runnin' out of time
When I long ago held a royal flush in my hand.

Oh, I was a super market fool, I was a roll-the-bank, a
stool pigeon,
Robbing my hometown
I thought I'd lost the blues, yes, I thought I'd paid my dues
I thought I'd found the life to suit my style

But here I sit ol' Spider John
The robber man
Long, tall and handsome
Yes, ol' Spider John with the loaded hand
Taking ransom

Then one day I met Diamond Lil
She was the sweetest thing, I declare,
That the summer breeze ever blown my way
But, lady, she had no idea my illustrious occupation
She thought I was a saint, not a sinner gone astray
But you see that word got around and Lily left town
Never saw her again
Tossin' and turnin', causin' my heart to grieve

Oh, I was a super market fool, I was roll-the-bank, stool pigeon
Robbing my hometown.
I thought I'd lost my blues, thought I'd paid my dues
I thought I'd found the life to suit my style.
But here I sit ol' Spider John,
The robber man
Long, tall and handsome
Yes, ol' Spider John with the loaded hand
Taking ransom

That is all my story
Been these thirty years since I took to the road
Find my precious jewel one
If you see my Lily, won't you give her my regards
Tell her ol' Spider got tangled
In the black web that he spun

You can tell her that ol' Spider got tangled
In the black web that he spun


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"Ballad of Spider John" as written by W.a. Ramsey

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    General CommentThis is a cover, not a Jimmy Buffet song.
    bubbaon May 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a cover, not a Jimmy Buffet song.
    bubbaon May 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentam i the only persont ahts reminded of that one dylan song about lilly and the ace of hearts by this osng
    intoodeepon November 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song was written by Willis Alan Ramsay, and an abridged cover at that. I don't care. Jimmy makes it awesome.
    UnpopularPoeton January 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe only person who covered this song with half the emotion or effort of Ramsey was Sam Bush, jimmy buffet should stick to good time party songs
    logan08on June 11, 2008   Link

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