Crawdad Hole, The

TITLE: The Crawdad Hole
AUTHOR: unknown
CATEGORY: traditional, public domain
KEYWORDS: animal, fishing
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection)

CrawdadsFolksong originating in the southern United States and first published in a collection of songs in 1917 by Cecil Sharp. This song is apparently a variation of an older traditional work, “Sweet Thing”, which is of African-American origins. The tune to “Crawdad Song” is also used for several other folksongs.

This song was performed at southern “play parties”, where dancing was generally not allowed for religious reasons. (from Second Hand Songs

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • The Crawdad Song
  • The Gambler’s Song
  • Sometime
  • Sugar Babe
  • Sweet Thing
  • W’at You Goin’ Do W’en de Crawfish Gone?
  • What Kin’ O’ Pants Does the Gambler Wear?
  • What You Gonna Do When Your Meat Gives Out?
  • Watcha Gonna Do When Your Meat Gives Out?
  • You Get a Line

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The Crawdad Hole

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 fishin’ in the crawdad hole,
Honey, Baby mine.

Sittin’ on the bank ’til my feet get cold, Honey,
Sittin’ on the bank ’til my feet get cold, Babe,
Sittin’ on the bank ’til my feet get cold,
Lookin’ down that crawdad hole,
Honey, Baby mine.

Yonder comes a man with a sack on his back, Honey,
Yonder comes a man with a sack on his back, Babe,
Yonder comes a man with a sack on his back,
Packin’ all the crawdads he can pack,
Honey, Baby mine.

The man fell down and he broke that sack, Honey,
The man fell down and he broke that sack, Babe,
The man fell down and he broke that sack,
See those crawdads backing back,
Honey, Baby mine.

I heard the duck say to the drake, Honey,
I heard the duck say to the d b6e rake, Babe,
I heard the duck say to the drake,
There ain’t no crawdads in this lake,
Honey, Baby mine.

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books
  • Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music, Guthrie T. Meade, Jr. with Dick Spottswood and Douglas S. Meade, Southern Folklife Collection, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, NC 2002—Amazon Books
  • Folk Songs of North America (in the English Language), Alan Lomax, Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York 1960—Amazon Books

NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

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