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CRAWDAD


Square Bob 18 Apr 99 - 12:37 AM
Gene 18 Apr 99 - 12:54 AM
Cap't Bob 18 Apr 99 - 11:43 AM
Jim Dixon 15 Mar 08 - 11:48 PM
GUEST,Chicken Charlie 15 Mar 08 - 11:59 PM
Richie 16 Mar 08 - 12:51 AM
cptsnapper 16 Mar 08 - 03:20 PM
Azizi 16 Mar 08 - 06:22 PM
peregrina 16 Mar 08 - 06:34 PM
Joe Offer 17 Mar 08 - 03:55 PM
GUEST,Steve Gardham 17 Mar 08 - 06:10 PM
Azizi 17 Mar 08 - 07:48 PM
GUEST,Steve Gardham 18 Mar 08 - 12:31 PM
GUEST,Sara 24 Apr 08 - 04:14 PM
Joe_F 24 Apr 08 - 09:18 PM
GUEST,Steve Gardham 25 Apr 08 - 04:06 PM
Azizi 25 Apr 08 - 11:08 PM
GUEST,Airborne 23 Jul 08 - 12:20 PM
PoppaGator 23 Jul 08 - 03:35 PM
Steve Gardham 23 Jul 08 - 04:14 PM
Bill D 22 Jul 09 - 02:52 PM
Steve Gardham 22 Jul 09 - 04:10 PM
Joe_F 22 Jul 09 - 06:09 PM
GUEST,Red Moore 20 Sep 09 - 06:50 PM
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Subject: lyric request - Cradad Song
From: Square Bob
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 12:37 AM

Does anyone have the words to the old song that started like this. "You get a line and I'll get a pole, Honey." I think there are verses upon verses but I can only remember the main chorus. Even the proper title would be very helpful. And, I would be very grateful for any help. Thank You in advance.

Bob


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Subject: RE: lyric request - Cradad Song
From: Gene
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 12:54 AM

put [crawdad] in the block in the

SEARCH THE DIGITRAD DATABASE BLOCK in

UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE PAGE.......

SHAZAM! as Gomer would say...YOU GOT IT....


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Subject: RE: lyric request - Cradad Song
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 11:43 AM

Here are a couple that are not in the database:

Stood on the ice till my feet got cold honey,
Stood on the ice till my feet got cold babe,
Stood on the ice till my feet got cold
Looking down that crawded hole,
Honey babe of mine.

Sat on the bank and I fished all night Honey,
Sat on the bank and I fished all night Babe,
Sat on the bank and I fished all night
Why in the heck don't the crawdads bite,
Honey babe of mine.

Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: lyric request - Cradad Song
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Mar 08 - 11:48 PM

Amazing that there has never been much discussion of this song. This is the only thread I could find about it, and the title is misspelled!

And although it's in the DT under the title CRAWDAD, I almost didn't find it there either, because I searched for "I'll get a pole", and if you examine the lyrics carefully, you'll see that they've spelled "I'll" as "I'II", that is, eye-apostrophe-eye-eye instead of eye-apostrophe-ell-ell. Not exactly spell-checker's revenge--more like scanner/OCR revenge? A scanno (as opposed to typo)?

There is a related song here: SUGAR BABE.

The Online 78 rpm Discographical Project lists these early recordings:

CRAWDAD SONG
Honeyboy & Sassafras, 10/29
Cobb & Underwood, 9/29/30
Baxter & Layne (Hack String Band), c1931-32?
Lonestar Cowboys, 8/5/33
Martin & Roberts, 8/29/34
Jim Lewis Lonestar Cowboys, 9/24/37
Cliffie Stone, 1940s?
Evelyn Knight, c 1951?
Burl Ives, ?

NEW CRAWDAD SONG
Log Cabin Boys, 5/6/35

BUSTER'S CRAWDAD SONG
The Tune Wranglers, 2/27/36

CRAWDAD HOLE
Joe Turner, 5/12/53

Google Book Search didn't find any older texts about it.


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Subject: RE: lyric request - Cradad Song
From: GUEST,Chicken Charlie
Date: 15 Mar 08 - 11:59 PM

Another addition:

Look at that crawdad struttin' around   .... honey/babe
Look at that crawdad struttin' around--
He's the mayor of crawdad town!

Slight variant, IMO easier to sing:

Whatcha gonna do when the well run dry?
Watch them crawdads lay around and die.

CC


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Subject: RE: lyric request - Cradad Song
From: Richie
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 12:51 AM

Here are a few things I can add:

One of the earliest collected version (1917) in in Sharp's EFSSA number 199 appearing as the Crow-Fish Man which uses the related song, "This morning so soon" tag.

All the verses are different than the standard verses.

Also in Sharp's EFSSA is the related "Sugar Babe" which is number 245. It ends with the tag "sugar babe" and was recorded in 1926 by Land Norris. This appears also to be the earliest lyric for "The Policeman" songs by Tommy Jarrell and others.

These songs appear to be related to the ealrier "Baby Mine" songs which are the "Banjo Pickin' Girl" songs also known as "Goin' Round this world."

Richie


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Subject: RE: lyric request - Crawdad Song
From: cptsnapper
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 03:20 PM

I seem to remember Rick Norcross singing the first verse of this in the 60's as a round, the other parts being the first verses of When The Saints Go Marching In & We Shall Not Be Moved. Does anyone else remember Rick? He used to play an 18 string guitar as I recall.


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Subject: RE: lyric request - Crawdad Song
From: Azizi
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 06:22 PM

Here's a link to an audio YouTube clip of Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley-Crawdad Song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcmdC8rk-8s

The verses are slightly different and the ending is "Honey, baby mine" {and not "honey, sugar baby mine}.

1st verse-same as in the DT

2nd verse: Sat on the bank till my feet get cold
            My socks [?] see those crawdads jump in that hole

3rd verse Yonder came a man with a sack on his back
          He's got more crawdads you can pack [?]
   
4th verse: If you fell down and you bust that sack
          You socks see those the crawdad's crawlin back [?]

5th verse: What did the hen duck say to the drake
          There aint no more crawdads in that lake

-snip-

I'm not sure if I got all those words right. I liked that rendition. It sounded great!


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Subject: RE: lyric request - Crawdad Song
From: peregrina
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 06:34 PM

Dix Bruce's Mel Bay transcription song book of the Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley Original Folkways Recordings 1960-1962 has lyrics, chords, music and tab for Doc Watson's arrangement, pp. 19-22


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Subject: DT Coirrection: Crawdad Song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Mar 08 - 03:55 PM

The Traditional Ballad Innex has a number of entries. Can anyone post any of these?
-Joe-

Crawdad

DESCRIPTION: "You get a line and I'll get a pole... And we'll go down to the crawdad hole, Honey, baby mine." "What you gonna do when the lake runs dry, honey...." Sundry verses about catching crawdads, rural life, and (presumably) sexual innuendo
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection)
KEYWORDS: animal fishing nonballad
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Lomax-FSUSA 34, "Sweet Thing/Crawdad Song/Sugar Babe" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Botkin-AmFolklr, p. 896, "Crawdad" (1 text, 1 tune)
PSeeger-AFB, p. 86, "Crawdad" (1 text, 1 tune)
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 271, "Crawdad" (1 text)
Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 103, "Dweley" (1 text, a collection of floating verses including one from this song, one from "The Jawbone Song," and others)
SharpAp 199, "The Crow-fish Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 23, "Crawdad" (1 text)
DT, CRAWDAD

Roud #4853
RECORDINGS:
Jess Alexander, "Crawdad Song" (AAFS 617 B1)
Mrs. Vernon Allen, "Crawdad Song" (AAFS 4142 B1/2)
Mary Davis, "Crawdad Song" (AAFS 1488 A/B1)
Girls of the Golden West, "You Get a Line and I'll Get a Pole" (Bluebird B-5167, 1933; Montgomery Ward M-4455, 1934)
J. L. Gores, "Sugar Babe" (AAFS 2593 B3)
Sam Hinton, "The Crawdad Song" (Decca K-69, n.d.)
Honeyboy & Sassafras, "Crawdad Song" (Brunswick 417, rec. 1929)
Clint Howard et al, "Crawdad Song" (on Ashley03, WatsonAshley01)
Aunt Molly Jackson, "Sugar Babe" (AAFS 827 B3, 1935)
Vera Kilgore, "Crawdad" (AAFS 2939 B2)
Evelyn Knight & Red Foley, "Crawdad Song" (Decca 27599, 1951)
Leary Family & T. Henderson, "Crawdad Song" (AAFS 3574 B1)
Texas Jim Lewis' Lone Star Cowboys (Perfect 7-12-55, 1937)
Lone Star Cowboys, "Crawdad Song" (RCA Victor 20-2941, 1948)
[Asa] Martin & [James] Roberts, "Crawdad Song" (Perfect 13046 [as by Asa Martin]/Melotone 13148, 1934)
Leroy Martin & group of convicts, "Crawdad" (AAFS 2671 A2)
Alec Moore, "Sugar Babe" (on AAFS 55 B1)
Poplin Family, "Crawdad Hole" (on Poplin01)
Sims & Mandie Tartt & Bettie Atmore, "Sugar Babe" (AAFS 2704 A3)
Joe Turner, "Crawdad Hole" (Atlantic 1001, 1952)
Ray Wood, "Sugar Babe" (AAFS 1594 A1)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Sweet Thing (I)" (tune, lyrics, and everything else)
cf. "Back to Jericho" (words, pattern)
cf. "New River Train"
cf. "Going Around the World (Banjo Pickin' Girl, Baby Mine)"
cf. "This Mornin', This Evenin', Right Now" (tune, pattern)
SAME TUNE:
How Many Biscuits Can You Eat? (File: RcHMBCYE)
Pittsburg (Pittsburg Town) (on PeteSeeger13, AmHist1; PeteSeeger39)
Bill Cox, "N.R.A. Blues" (Perfect 13090, 1935)
Log Cabin Boys, "New Crawdad Song" (Decca 5103, 1935)
Notes: Songs with this tune and metrical pattern turn up throughout North American tradition; like the limerick, this skeleton seems to have become a favorite framework for humorous material. - PJS
This song poses a conundrum (hinted at in Paul's comment), because it merges continuously with the "Sweet Thing" family; they use the same tune (at least sometimes) and ALL of the same verses. Roud lumps them.
Chances are that they are "the same" song (whatever that means). But the tenor of the song changes somewhat with the presence or absence of a crawdad; after initially lumping the song, the Ballad Index staff decided to split them, based solely on mention of a crawdad. But one should definitely check all versions of both to get the complete range of material. - RBW
Just to confuse things further, the version of "The Crow-fish Man" in SharpAp (which uses a "This morning so soon" refrain) mentions crawdads, whereas the one in Sharp/Karpeles-80E apparently doesn't. So the former is filed here, the latter under "Sweet Thing (I)." Sharp also notes that his informant learned the song from an African-American singer.
The versions called "Sugar Babe" should not be confused with "Sugar Baby", aka "Red Rocking Chair." - PJS
File: R443

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Bibiography
Go to the Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2008 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


The version in the Digital Tradition are almost the same as what's in Pete Seeger's American Favorite Ballads (page 86). Here are the Pete Seeger lyrics:

CRAWDAD

You get a line and I'll get a pole, honey,
You get a line and I'll get a pole, babe.
You get a line and I'll get a pole,
And we'll go down to the crawdad hole,
Honey, sugar baby, mine,

Get up old man, you slept too late, honey, (2x)
Get up old man, you slept too late,
Last piece of crawdad's on your plate,
Honey, sugar baby mine.

Get up old woman, you slept too late, honey, (2x)
Get up old woman, you slept too late,
Crawdad man done passed your gate,
Honey, sugar baby mine.

Along come a man with a sack on his back, honey, (2x)
Along come a man with a sack on his back,
Packin' all the crawdads he can pack,
Honey, sugar baby mine.

What you gonna do when the lake goes dry, (2x)
What you gonna do when the lake goes dry,
Sit on the bank and watch the crawdads die,
Honey, sugar baby mine.

What you gonna do when the crawdads die, honey? (2x)
What you gonna do when the crawdads die,
Sit on the bank until I cry,
Honey, sugar baby mine.

I heard the duck say to the drake, honey, (2x)
I heard the duck say to the drake,
There ain't no crawdads in this lake,
Honey, sugar baby mine.


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Subject: RE: lyric request - Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Steve Gardham
Date: 17 Mar 08 - 06:10 PM

A pop version was published and was in the charts in the 40s I think.
I have the sheet music somewhere, and of course presumably from this version arose the terrace chant:-
Can you hear ......sing? No-o, no-o,
Can you hear ......sing? No-o, no-o,
Can you hear ......sing? I can't hear a f.....g thing.
No-o, no-o, no-o!
Sung with gusto when the singers' team has just gone into the lead.

Is this also in use on the western side of the pond?


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Subject: RE: lyric request - Crawdad Song
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Mar 08 - 07:48 PM

Is this also in use on the western side of the pond?

I don't think that sports fans in the USA are known to sing songs as much as they do "overseas". At least, I don't think its done in the places where I've lived {in Southern New Jersey and in Western Pennsylvania}.

I'm curious about other folks experiences with this-or lack of experiences with this. My apology for continuing the thread drift. But at least I didn't start it-this time :o)


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Subject: RE: lyric request - Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Steve Gardham
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 12:31 PM

Hi Azizi
I've had time to look at the relevant material now.
The 1951 song I was referring to earlier actually only uses the tune of Crawdad. It's called 'I wish I wuz' and it's by Sid Kuller and Lyn Murray. I've got 4 different versions of the sheet music all by different artists. The soccer/rugby chant must actually be based directly on Crawdad as its form is much closer to Crawdad than the pop song.

Cheers,
Steve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Sara
Date: 24 Apr 08 - 04:14 PM

You get a line and I'll get a pole, honey.
You get a line and I'll get a pole, babe.
You get a line and I'll get a pole,
And we'll go down that crawdad hole,
Honey sugar baby mine.

Sittin' on the bank till my feet get cold, honey,
Sittin' on the bank till my feet get cold, babe,
Sittin' on the bank till my feet get cold,
Lookin' down that crawdad hole,
Honey sugar baby mine.

(Just say this part) Crawdad hole, way down at the crawdad hole, let's go! -Repeat-

(Sing rest) Whatcha gonna do when the lake goes dry?
Sit on the bank and watch the crawdads die,
Honey, honey, sugar baby mine.

(Shout) Let's go down to the crawdad hole!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Joe_F
Date: 24 Apr 08 - 09:18 PM

An actual crawdad, in Polecat Creek, Louisa County, VA, ca. 1980, inspired the following:

Saw a crawdad big as a whale
(Jesus bugs fucking -- I was on their scale).
Honey baby mine.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Steve Gardham
Date: 25 Apr 08 - 04:06 PM

Azizi,
Why not start a fresh thread?

I'd certainly be interested in any ideas as to how the tune of 'Crawdad' came to be used for a British terrace chant. It goes back at least to the 70s in my experience.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Azizi
Date: 25 Apr 08 - 11:08 PM

Hello, SteveGardham.

I just saw your comment. I appreciate your suggestion, but since I don't even know what British Terrace chants are, I'm gonna pass on starting a thread about them.

I suppose that you know that guests can start threads on Mudcat {not to mention that Mudcat membership is free and registration is easy}.

So, maybe you should start a thread on British Terrace chants, in general, or Origin of the Crawdad Song as a British Terrace chant. If you do, I'll be sure to read it, and I might even post to it-if I have something I think is worthwhile to add to that discussion.

Best wishes,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Airborne
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 12:20 PM

Anyone know the chord progression for this song on guitar? It's one of my father and grandfather's favorites and it has been requested i play it and I have searched for a bit and can't seem to find the chords to play with it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
A


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: PoppaGator
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 03:35 PM

Reference, above, to a variant called "Sugar Babe" reminded me of a different "Sugar Babe" song, one which does not seem to be in the DT. I know one verse of words plus the tune; I can't sing it for you across the internet, but here are the words I remember:

Sugar Baby what's the matter with you
You don't love me like you used to do
Sugar Babe, Sugar Babe
It's all over now.

Does this ring a bell for anyone? Can you tell me more?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 04:14 PM

Azizi,
Sorry I didn't come back to this earlier.
'Terrace chants' = football chants/soccer chants.

I'm told this doesn't happen much your side of the pond. This side it is one of the purest of folk traditions and is unbroken for at least a century. Nearly all of the tunes are well-known marches or pop songs and some are even from what we call folk songs. Many of the tunes come from your side of the pond, hence Crawdad. Some are sections from Sousa marches. They rarely stretch beyond a single stanza and many are just single line chants. The lyrics invariably come from an anonymous band of ardent young supporters/fans and any attempts at introducing chants from the establishment are immediately rejected. New chants spread like wildfire from one set of fans to the others. The most popular tunes are Guantanamera, Stars and Stripes, Son of the Father (Chicory Tip), We love you Jesus, Amazing Grace, Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, Tom Harks, Big Ben chimes, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Blaydon Races, Land of Hope and Glory. Some teams have their own specific anthems which are usually old pop songs. I might add the tradition is just as strong at rugby matches in both codes.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 02:52 PM

No...you still haven't signed up.
Say something more than platitudes,,,we ARE a good group once we know who we are talking to and why you refreshed this thread to say hello....it's a year old.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 04:10 PM

Happy birthday then!
I think there's a thread jump in here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Joe_F
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 06:09 PM

In _A Death in the Family_, James Agee's father sings him to sleep:

Ohh ev-ry time the sun goes down,
Dey's a dol-luh saved for Betsy Brown:
Sugah-Babe.

They's a good ole sayin, as you all know,
That you can't track a rabbit if there ain't no snow:
Sugah-Babe.

Oh it tain't agonna rain, an tain't agonn a snow,
But the sun's agoan ah shine, an the win's agoan a blow:
Sugah-Babe.

[Spelling is Agee's.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Red Moore
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 06:50 PM

I cut "the Crawdad Song" on a 45 rpm record back in the 50's... I used my own words and arrangement to a rockabilly and country style. Here's a link to the song if you have real player... It's a three chord song... E B A real simple if you play by ear... Red

http://realguide.real.com/r/hurl_.html?url=rtsp%3A%2F%2F216.118.106.250%3A554%2Farchive%2FMS%2Fms061207.rm%3Fstart%3D%2273%3A59%22%26end%3D%2276%3A29%22


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Goose Gander
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 08:41 PM

Here's a link . . .

Crawdad Song by Red Moore

Red, are you still playing around live?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Ep' Eric
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 09:34 AM

I'm surprised that no one seems to have mentioned Phil Harris's version of the Crawdad song. It is the version attributed to Pete Seeger in another thread and was played a lot on radio,many more years ago than I care to remember.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Red Moore
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 10:13 AM

Hi Micheal
I quit the music business in 1976 for about 27 years untill the small town near where I live in the mountains of Arkansas found out l used to play with the big boys and ask me to do a show for the senior citizes on Thursday nights.They renamed the place the Crawdad Hole and it became quite a place for seniors playing music for the seniors... I let the older folks that used to play get up and do their thing and most of them are quite good so it makes for a good evening of entertainment for all... I enjoy it and it brings back the good old days... Do you like the tradional country music Micheal??? Red


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Joe_F
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 08:05 PM

After seeing a crawdad in Polecat Creek, Louisa County, VA, I added the following stanza:

Saw a crawdad big as a whale
(Jesus bugs fucking -- I was on their scale).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Goose Gander
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 12:43 AM

Red, I'm a big fan of traditional country music, I have half a mind to hunt down this 'crawdad hole' and hear some music.

Here's Crawdad Hole sung by Ollie Gilbert from the Max Hunter collection.

Somewhere I have a 45 of Bo Diddley doing this song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Red Moore
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 11:14 AM

Tell you what micheal, send me a email with your snail mail address to redridge2@webtv.net and l'll send you one of my CD's with music from the 50's & 60's... The Crawdad Song has been good to me and got me in the Rockabilly, Tradional country and Iowa Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame... Of course this is all 40 & 50 years after the fact :-) My Crawdad Song was realy big and widespread over seas, they really seem to like our OLD music over there, I still get hundreds of emails about the song... If you should happen to run across my record of the Crawdad Song and can get it for a SONG grab it up, it's worth a thousand bucks on the collector market... One sold on ebay for eight hundred several years ago and I seen two go for
a hundred and fifty and they were broken or cracked... One guy told me he got one at a yard sale for ten bucks and one from an old record shop for fifty but they are rare... I got me a six inch pewter Crawdad mounted on my old 1956 Gibson guitar that has played that song several thousand times... Funny how what you do when you was young can come back around and reward you more fifty years later than it did at the start? Red


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Goose Gander
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 11:35 AM

Red, I'll do just that. Thank you very much.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Red Moore
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 07:45 AM

Hi Mike
Did you get the CD I sent you? Never know with the mail like it is...
Red


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,LaVellaMae
Date: 05 Feb 10 - 09:56 PM

Does anyone know if this song is currently copyrighted?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Reiver 2
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 01:29 AM

I learned the "Crawdad Song" MANY years ago from the singing of Burl Ives. Used to sing it to my kids when they were young. This version is from the Pocket Book entitled "More Burl Ives Songs," Ballantine Books, 1966. There is this notation, "Originating as a Negro blues sung in levee camps and juke joints, this tune with a variety of lyrics spread at the turn of the [20th] century among hillbillies, cotton mill workers and other poor folk throughout the South [of the U.S.]. With different words it is known as "Sweet Thing," "Sugar Babe," etc. This version is sung by people who eke out a living by catching fresh-water crayfish."

CRAWDAD SONG
[Fast and with a driving rhythm]

         F
1] Wake up little girl, you slept too late this mornin';
                                                C7
   Wake up little girl, you slept too late, babe.
         F          Fmaj.7    F7
   Wake up, little girl, you slept too late,
         Bflat            Bflatminor
   The craw-dad man just passed      your gate
         F             G7    C7    F
   This mornin', this evenin', so soon.

2] You get a line, I'll get a pole, honey,
   You get a line, I'll get a pole, babe,
   You get a line, I'll get a pole,
   I'll meet you down by the crawdad hole,
   Honey, babe of mine

3] Put your hand on your hip, let your mind roll by, honey,
   Put your hand on your hip, let your mind roll by, babe,
   Put your hand on your hip, let your mind roll by,
   'Cause your body gotta swivel when you come to die;
   Honey, babe of mine.

4] Settin' on the ice, feet got cold, honey,
   Settin' on the ice, feet got cold, babe,
   Settin' on the ice, feet got cold,
   Watchin' that crawdad dig his hole,
   Honey, babe, of mine.

5] Settin' on the bank, feet got hot, honey,
   Settin' on the bank, feet got hot, babe,
   Settin' on the bank, feet got hot,
   Watchin' that crawdad rack and trot,
   Honey, babe of mine,

6] Ol' crawdad, you better dig deep, honey,
   Ol' crawdad, you better dig deep, babe,
   Ol' crawdad, you better dig deep,
   'Cause I'm gonna ramble in my sleep,
   Honey, babe of mine.

I found other verses, somwhere, that I liked better, so I used verse 2 above as my verse 1, and I used easier chords [see below]. I sang:

       D
1] You get a line and I'll get a pole, honey,
                                        A7
   You get a line and I'll get a pole, babe,
    D
   You get a line and I'll get a pole
         G                                  D    A7    D
   An' we'll go down to the crawdad hole, honey, baby, mine.

2] Wake up old gal, you slept too late, honey,
   Wake up old gal, you slept too late, babe,
   Wake up old gal you slept too late,
   The crawdad wagon done passed our gate, honey, baby, mine,

3, 4, 5,] Verses 4, 5, and 6 above

6] Crawdad, crawdad, you better go to hole, honey,
   Crawdad, crawdad, you better go to hole, babe,
   Crawdad, crawdad, you better go to hole,
   If I don't catch you, durn mah soul, honey, baby, mine.

A female singer could use "old man" in verse 2 instead of "old gal."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: Angrybean
Date: 05 Feb 11 - 05:47 PM

Learned this from a Happy Traum Book.

Crawdad Song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Mr. Trashcan Bass
Date: 20 Jul 12 - 11:01 AM

Thought I would toss in some verses. Played in D

You get a line I'll get a pole honey.
You get a line I'll get a pole my babe.
You get a line I'll get a pole meet you down at the crawdad hole.
Honey baby mine.

I've got a pond on my land honey.
I've got a pond on my land my babe.
I've got a pond on my land about as deep as half a man.
Honey baby dear.

What did the redhead say to the blonde honey?
What did the redhead say to the blonde my dear?
Redhead looked at the blonde said "ain't no crawdads in that pond!"
Honey baby dear.

I'm gonna take you to the fair honey.
I'm gonna take you to the fair my dear.
I'm gonna take you to the fair, we'll go dancin' in a square.
Honey baby dear.

Then I'ma take you to the store honey.
Then I'ma take you to the store my dear.
Then I'ma take you to the store, won't have any money any more.
Honey baby dear.

Sit right down next to me honey.
Sit right down next to me my dear.
Sit right down next to me, what happens then ... well we'll see!
Honey baby dear.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Crawdad Song
From: GUEST,Moe Hirsch
Date: 18 Sep 13 - 04:43 PM

Here are some verses to the Cradad Song I recall from the 1940s:

       [Woody Guthrie:]

Little bitty baby nine days old...   (x3)
Stuck his finger in the crawdad hole...

    [Josh White:]

Slats in the bed go blam-te-blam... (x3)
But I'll go right to sleep like I don't give a damn...

What you gonna do when the meat gives out,... (×3)
Hang around town, mouth in a pout...

What you gonna do when your man gives out,... (×3)
[Slow and bluesy:]
         First I'll grab my money, kick him off the place,
         Then I'll use the other man, I had around just in case,
[At tempo:]
           Honey, Sugar Baby mine.


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