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​Black Snake Moan

This song is by Ramblin' Jack Elliott and appears on the album Jack Elliott (1964) and on the compilation album Best Of The Vanguard Years (2000).

Well-well, I ain't got no mama now
Well-well, I ain't got no mama now
She told me late last night
"You don't need no mama no how"

Sit and wonder will a matchbox hold my clothes
Yeah, will a matchbox hold my clothes
I ain't got so many matches
But I got so far to go

I got a great long black snake crawlin' in the room
Yeah, black snake crawlin' in the room
Handsome pretty momma better come down here
Take this black snake soon

That must been a bedbug, I know a chinch can't bit that hard
Yeah bedbug, I know a chinch can't bit that hard
Asked my woman for fifty cents
She said, "Lemon, ain't a dime in the yard"

Written by:

Huddie Ledbetter