Black Betty

Music and lyrics by Lead Belly

Look yonder.
Look yonder.
Look yonder.
Well the sun done gone.

The captain can’t hold her.
The captain can’t hold her.
The captain can’t hold her.
Well, what’s he gonna’ do now?

Ain’t he got a gold mine?
Ain’t he got a gold mine?
Ain’t he got a gold mine?
Well, above her knees.

The sheaf is golden.
The sheaf is golden.
The sheaf is golden.
Yea, what he gonna’ do now.

Look yonder.
Look yonder.
Look yonder.
Well, the sun done gone.

Whoa, Black Betty.

Bam-a-lam, Black Betty had a baby.
Bam-a-lam, Black Betty had a baby.
Bam-a-lam, that thing went crazy.
Bam-a-lam, that thing went crazy.

Bam-a-lam, Black Betty didn’t mind.
Bam-a-lam, Black Betty didn’t mind.
Bam-a-lam, that thing went blind.
Bam-a-lam, that thing went blind.

Bam-a-lam, oh, Betty, Black Betty.
Bam-a-lam, oh, Betty, Black Betty.
Bam-a-lam, jump steady, Black Betty
. Bam-a-lam, jump steady, Black Betty.

On Monday, I was arrested.
On Tuesday, I was asked to go.
On Wednesday, baby, my trial’s tested.
On Thursday, nobody could blow my bail.

Yes, I’m all, almost done.
Yea, I’m all, almost done.
I ain’t gonna, ain’t gonna,
Yell against no bells.

On Monday, I was arrested.
On Tuesday, I was asked to go.
On Wednesday, baby, my trial’s tested.
On Thursday, she hawked all of my clothes.

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