|Writers: Huddie Ledbetter
Published: Folkways Music Publishers, Inc.
From: Black Betty (7″, US)
Transcribed: Pop Catastrophe
Notes: These are the lyrics as they appear on the full length recording released on the split 7″ with the Melvins and the No Reservations 7″ single. A 30 second edit of this song was used on the 2011 Volkswagen Superbowl Advert. Although the earliest known recording is by James Iron Head Baker the JSBX recording would appear to be a cover of the version made famous by Leadbelly (RELEASE / LYRICS) and the most well-known rock arrangement of the song is by Ram Jam (RELEASE / LYRICS). Writing credits for this song are sometimes given as ‘traditional’.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: