Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Black Betty

Betty’s a pistol,
But she shoots her mouth off, and
Annoys the captain.

Old folk song, apparently about a gun or a bottle of whiskey or a prison whip or something. In this version, as with Nick Cave's version, Betty is a woman. This song was sung by Eric von Schmidt and Bob Dylan at von Schmidt's Sarasota, Florida, home and released on the ultra-rare "50th Anniversary Collection 1964" copyright extension collection.
Black Betty Black Betty
Bam-a-lam
Betty gone crazy
Betty gone crazy
Black Betty got lazy
Black Betty
Bam-a-lam
Black Betty jump steady
Now the captain got mad
Thinkin' about the things that he could have had.
Black Betty got sorry, had to go
Now you see her on the radio
Black Betty Black Betty

I'm too out of my skull at the moment



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