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Tom Jones

Black Betty

  • Pop
  • Dance
  • Rock
  • Space
  • Folk
song from
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 1964
  • 1965
  • 1977

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“Black Betty” (Roud 11668) is a 20th century African-American work song often credited to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter as the author, though the earliest recordings are not by him. Some sources claim it is one of Lead Belly’s many adaptations of earlier folk material; in this case an 18th century marching cadence about a flintlock musket. There are numerous recorded versions, including a cappela, folk, and rock arrangements. The best known recordings are rock versions by Ram Jam and Spiderbait, both of which were hits. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Whoa, black betty (bam-ba-lam ... Oh, black betty (bam-ba-lam ... You know that's no lie (bam-ba-lam

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