Lyrics > Leadbelly – Black Betty

Writers: Huddie Ledbetter
Published: Folkways Music Publishers, Inc.
Release: Negro Sinful Songs Sung by Leadbelly (5x78rpm, US)
Transcribed: Pop Catastrophe
Notes: Writing credits for this song are sometimes given as ‘traditional’. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion recorded a cover of this track (RELEASE / LYRICS) which was used on the 2011 Volkswagen Superbowl advert and also appears on a split 7″ single with the Melvins . Although the earliest known recording is by James Iron Head Baker and Group (1933) the Blues Explosion version has more in common with the Leadbelly adaption and the most well-known rock arrangement of the song is by Ram Jam (RELEASE / LYRICS).
Oh, Black Betty
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Oh, Black Betty
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Black Betty, Black Betty
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Black Betty, Black Betty
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Jump steady Black Betty
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Jump steady Black Betty
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Oh, Black Betty
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Oh, Black Betty
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Look yonder Black Betty
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Look yonder Black Betty
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Turn around Black Betty
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Jump down Black Betty
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Oh, Black Betty
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Oh, Black Betty
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Black Betty had a baby
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Black Betty had a baby
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The little thing went crazy
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The little thing went crazy
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Oh, Black Betty
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Oh, Black Betty
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Jump steady Black Betty
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Jump steady Black Betty
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Look-a yonder Black Betty
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Look-a yonder Black Betty
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Oh, Black Betty
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Oh, Black Betty
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Little thing went blind
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The little thing went blind
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I said he wasn’t none of mine
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I said he wasn’t none of mine
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What about it Black Betty?
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What about it Black Betty?
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Oh, Black Betty
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Oh, Black Betty
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Look-a yonder Black Betty
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Jump steady Black Betty
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Run-a yonder Black Betty
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Turn around Black Betty
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Ay, Black Betty
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Ay, Black Betty
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Look-a yonder Black Betty
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Run around Black Betty
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Jump down Black Betty
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Turn around Black Betty
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Ay, Black Betty
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Ay, Black Betty
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