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Lyr/Tune Req: Swamp Witch (Jim Stafford)

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Subject: Swamp Witch/ Jim Stafford
From: Blake
Date: 07 Apr 97 - 11:05 AM

I'm searching for the words and music to this Jim Stafford song I think was released in the early 70's. All I know is that it was on one of those K-tel "greatest hits" lps. At a local music store they told me they didn't think I'd have any luck finding it. You guys are my last hope!!!! Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Swamp Witch/ Jim Stafford
From: Ralph Butts
Date: 07 Apr 97 - 11:31 AM

Blake.......

It's on the 1973 "Jim Stafford" album. You can get CD or cassette from CD Universe at:

http://www.cduniverse.com/cgi-bin/cdubin.exe/albuminfo/LC=4228+33073/cart=16408892/

....Tiger


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Subject: RE: Swamp Witch/ Jim Stafford
From: Blake
Date: 09 Apr 97 - 01:16 AM

Very much obliged, Ralph. Blake


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Subject: RE: Swamp Witch/ Jim Stafford
From:
Date: 09 Apr 97 - 10:29 AM

A favourite of mine, I remember it from the K Tel album

Black water haddie lived back in the swamp
Where the strange green reptiles crawl
Snakes hang thick from the cypress trees
Like sausage on a smoke house wall
Now the swamp is alive with a thousand eyes
and all of em watching you
Stay of the track of haddies shack
In the back of the black Bayou

Way down the road from haddies shack
Lay a sleepy little okachoga town
Talk of swamp witch haddy
Locked you in when the sun go down!
Now, rumors of what she done,
and rumors of what she do
Kept folks off the track, of haddies shack
In the back of the black bayou.

One day brought the rain, the rain stayed on
And the swamp water overflowed
Skeeters and the feaer grabbed the town like a fist!
Doc Jackson was the first to go.
Now some said the plague was brought by haddy
There was talk of a hanging too
But the talk got shackled,
By the howls and the cackles
From the back of the black bayou

Early next morn between dark and dawn
When shadows filled the sky
There came an unseen caller
To the town where, hope'd run dry
In the square there was found
A big black round, Vat full of gurgling brew
Whispering sounds as the folks gatherred round
It came from the black Bayou!

Well there aint much pride
When you're trapped inside a slowly sinking ship.
They scooped up the liquid, deep and green
And the whole town took a sip...
Then the very next day the fever went away
And the skies again were blue
Let's thank old haddy for saving our town
We'll fetch her from the black bayou!

pause

Party of ten of the town's best men
Headed for haddy's shack
They said "Swamp witch magic was useful and good"
and they gonna bring haddy back.
Never found haddy, never found her shack
And they never made a trip back in
There was a parchment note
They found tacked to a stump
Said "Don't come lookin again!"


at least thats how I remember it.
bo


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Subject: RE: Swamp Witch/ Jim Stafford
From: Blake
Date: 10 Apr 97 - 10:14 AM

Bo: That is, indeed, 'Swamp Witch'. Thanks very much. Oh, by the way, very minor, but when I was a little kid our next-door neighbor's name was Hattie. She was an extremely nice lady and as she was the only Hattie I ever knew I've always assumed the name to be spelled as she did (with 2 'T's). Thanks again, Blake


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Subject: RE: Swamp Witch/ Jim Stafford
From:
Date: 12 Apr 97 - 01:30 AM

Quibling about how I spell a name? I havent heard the song for more than 10 years my friend :).

Besides the dif. between tt and dd in haddy is mostly in our minds I bet I can find both spellings. I never saw a lyric sheet, thats how I heard it in 1983??? maybe earlier.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SWAMP WITCH (Jim Stafford)
From: Gene
Date: 23 Aug 98 - 01:41 PM

Thanks to the original poster of Swamp Witch...


SWAMP WITCH
JIM STAFFORD

Blackwater (*Hattie) lived back in the swamp
Where the strange, green reptiles crawl
Snakes hang thick from the cypress trees
Like sausage on a smoke house wall
Where the swamp is alive with a thousand eyes
And all of 'em watchin' you
Stay off the track of (*Hattie's) shack
In the back of the Black Bayou.

Way up the road from (*Hattie's) shack
Lies a sleepy little Okeechobee town
Talk of swampwitch (*Hattie)
Lock you in when the sun go down!
Rumors of what she'd done
Rumors of what she'd do
Kept folks off the track of (*Hattie's) shack
In the back of the Black Bayou.

One day brought the rain, the rain stayed on
And the swamp water overflowed
'Skeeters and the fever grabed the town like a fist!
Doc Jackson was the first to go
Some said the plague was brought by (*Hattie)
There was talk of a hangin', too
But the talk got shackled by the howls and the cackles
From the bowels of the Black Bayou.

Early one morn' between dark and dawn
When shadows filled the sky
There came an unseen caller
On the town where - hope run dry
In the square there was found a big black round
Vat full of gurglin' brew
Whisperin' sounds as the folks gathered round
"It came from the Black Bayou!"

There ain't much pride when you're trapped inside
A slowly sinkin' ship
Scooped up the liquid, deep and green
And the whole town took a sip
Fever went away and the very next day
The skies again - were blue
Lets thank old (*Hattie) for savin' our town
We'll fetch 'er from the Black Bayou!

Party of ten of the town's best men
Headed for (*Hattie's) shack
That swamp witch magic was useful and good
And they gonna bring (*Hattie) back
Never found (*Hattie) and they never found the shack
They never made a trip back in
There was a parchment note they found tacked to a stump
Said, "Don't come lookin' again!"

Note. (Hattie/Haddie/Haddy/Hadi/[take 'ur pick])

SOURCE: Jim Stafford-Jim Stafford/1974 MGM Records SE-4947


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Subject: RE: Swamp Witch/ Jim Stafford
From: TonyK
Date: 23 Aug 98 - 11:57 PM

Thanks. I've been looking in all the wrong places for those lyrics for years. I'm grateful this group is here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Swamp Witch (Jim Stafford)
From: GUEST,Mikayla Smith (11 yrs old)
Date: 28 May 08 - 12:42 AM

Hi, I love that Haddie song It's very cool.My dad always sings it to
me.It's kin'da like a poem ,so next year I'm going to say it as a poem at the poetry comp.


                            CHEERS MIK.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Swamp Witch (Jim Stafford)
From: GUEST,Martone
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 02:27 AM

Here's a blast from the past. I heard this Stafford song in of all places, Israel. It was a very popular music video there for about 6 months in 1975. It was called "Jasper Dan" and was kind of a dark piece but the video was put together very well, even by 2008 standards. Does anybody have a clue where I can find a track of this song? I've Googled it and have about four references to it. Not even iTunes has it in their music base.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Swamp Witch (Jim Stafford)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 07:51 AM

There are 3 albums that contain SWAMP WITCH:

"The Best of Jim Stafford"

"Jim Stafford"

"Spiders & Snakes"


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Swamp Witch (Jim Stafford)
From: Melissa
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 04:35 PM

Guest, Martone:
Jasper Dan was #69 on the Billboard Chart in 1976 but I didn't have any luck searching out lyrics/tracks. If you're seriously interested in finding out if somebody here knows where to find it, you might have more luck starting a new thread called "lyr req: Jasper Dan" or something like that.

(random tidbit: Shirley and Squirrely were #48 that same year)
Good luck!


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Subject: jasper dan (Jim Stafford)
From: GUEST,todd jennings
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 10:47 PM

I, too,am trying to find " Jasper Dan".I heard it all the time that Summer on the local AM station yet cannot locate it anywhere.

Thanks for mentioning " Shirley and Squirrelly",another lost nugget that I was beginning to wonder if I had imagined.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Swamp Witch (Jim Stafford)
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 12:09 PM

I'm pretty sure the voice on this youtube video is that of Jim Stafford - not sure if I like the puppet, though: Swamp Witch


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Swamp Witch (Jim Stafford)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 10:43 PM

Todd, send me an e-mail, and I can help you.
joe@mudcat.org


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Swamp Witch (Jim Stafford)
From: GUEST,Jasper Dan
Date: 12 Mar 09 - 06:54 AM

I have a copy of That Jim Stafford Song e-mail me at viking8751@hotmail.com..I'll send it to ya


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Swamp Witch (Jim Stafford)
From: GUEST,Bucktooth Bruce
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 12:20 PM

Hattie and I usta play 'Scrabble' at skeeterfest.The long black single hair,on the right side of her nose was distracting.That's probably why she always won.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Swamp Witch (Jim Stafford)
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Apr 12 - 10:32 PM

Hi I am trying to get a copy of Jim Staffords somg Jasper Dan .do you have a cd or copy? yeah fuzzy snouts can be very distracting haha! thanks kathiifoster1027@yahoo.com


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