"Black Betty (Lead Belly cover)" as written by Pd Traditional and J Baird....
Look-a look-a yonder
Look-a look-a yonder
Look-a look-a yonder
Well the sun done gone

The captain can't hold her
The captain can't hold her
The captain can't hold her
The way I do now

Ada got a gold mine
Ada got a gold mine
Ada got a gold mine
Way above her knees

The shiv ? is golden
The shiv ? is golden
The shiv ? is golden
Above her knees

Look-a look-a yonder
Look-a look-a yonder
Look-a look-a yonder
Well the sun done gone

Wohoh, Black Betty, bam-e-lam
Wohoh, Black Betty, bam-e-lam
Black Betty had a baby, bam-e-lam
Black Betty had a baby, bam-e-lam
Damn thing was crazy, bam-e-lam
Damn thing was crazy, bam-e-lam
Wohoh, Black Betty, bam-e-lam
Wohoh, Black Betty, bam-e-lam
Oh, Betty Black Betty, bam-e-lam
Oh, Betty Black Betty, bam-e-lam
Black Betty had a baby, bam-e-lam
Black Betty had a baby, bam-e-lam
Damn thing was crazy, bam-e-lam
Damn thing was crazy, bam-e-lam
Black Betty didn't mind, bam-e-lam
Black Betty didn't mind, bam-e-lam
Damn thing was blind, bam-e-lam
Damn thing was blind, bam-e-lam
Wohoh, Black Betty, bam-e-lam
Wohoh, Black Betty, bam-e-lam
Black Betty, Black Betty, bam-e-lam
Black Betty, Black Betty, bam-e-lam
Jump steady Black Betty, bam-e-lam
Jump steady Black Betty, bam-e-lam

That Monday, I was arrested
Tuesday, I locked up in jail
Wednesday baby, my trial's tested
On Thursday, nobody could blow my bail

Yes, I'm almost done
Yes, I'm almost done
Yes, I'm almost done
And I ain't gonna yell against no bells

On Monday, baby I went a-walking
Tuesday, I asked to go
On Wednesday I sat down a-talking
On Thursday she hock all a my clothes

Yes, I'm almost done
Yes, I'm almost done
Yes, I'm almost done
And I ain't gonna ? no more


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"Black Betty" as written by Huddie Ledbetter

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  • +1
    General Comment3 comments, not one addressing what the friggin' song is actually about, this is what keeps this site from being good. Thanks for nothing, all!
    force263on November 08, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song is actually a medley of three songs:
    - the first part is a song I don' t know, maybe it is written by Cave himself.
    - the second part obviously is the chorus of Black Betty by Ram Jam
    - the thrid part, rather interestingly is a song by Leadbelly, an important, yet underestimated Blues player from the 1920's & 30's: Leadbelly. His song "on a monday" ( songmeanings.net/… )was also the inspiration for a Johnny Cash song "I got stripes" : songmeanings.net/… although Cash omitted the strange part "Yes I'm almost done"
    Sander_vnon May 04, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentLeadbelly sang "Black Betty" too... I think it's all Leadbelly songs.
    smallwonderroboton May 15, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's credited to Leadbelly on the B Sides and Rarities album, disc 1.
    lukey2411on October 31, 2007   Link

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