Crawdad Song

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

Sung by Steve Pile (I think) with Phil Lesh at a Songs To Phil The Air at Terrapin Crossroads in June 2019.

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
We'll go down to the crawdad hole, honey, baby mine

Sitting on the bank till my feet get cold, honey
Sitting on the bank till my feet get wet, babe Sit on the bank till my feet get wet
Ain't no crawdads I can get, honey, baby mine

Yonder come a man with a sack on his back, honey
Yonder come a man with a sack on his back, honey
Yonder come a man with a sack on his back
Ain't no crawdads he can't pack, honey, baby mine

Man fell down and he broke that sack, honey
Man fell down and he broke that sack, babe
Man fell down and he broke that sack
And all those crawdads crawling back, honey, baby mine

I heard the hen duck say to the drake, honey
I heard the hen duck say to the drake, babe
I heard the hen duck say to the drake
There ain't no crawdads in that lake, honey, baby mine
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
We'll go down to the crawdad hole, honey, baby mine

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
We'll go down to the crawdad hole, honey, baby mine
Honey, baby mine
The song originated in the southern United States and was first published in a collection of songs in 1917 by Cecil Sharp. It has been recorded numerous times by different artists.

 


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