The Crawdad Song

trad, arr Calhoun recorded on Grapevine.

Wake up little girl, you slept too late, honey 
Wake up little girl, you slept too late, babe
Wake up little girl, you slept too late,
The crawdad man done passed your gate,
Honey, babe o' 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, 
Let’s go down to the crawdad hole 
Honey, babe o' mine 

Yonder come a man with a sack on his back
Totin' all the crawdads he can pack 

Man fell down and he broke that sack, 
Ought to see them crawdads goin' back 

Settin’ on the pond till my feet got cold 
I was lookin' right down that crawdads hole 

 Ol' crawdad, you better dig deep 
 'Cause I'm gonna ramble in my sleep

 Settin' on the pond till my feet got hot 
Watchin' that crawdad rack and trot 

Stuck my hook in a crawdad hole 
Couldn’t get it out to save my soul  

What did the hen duck say to the drake 
Ain't no crawdads in that lake 

What you gonna do when the crick runs dry? 
I’ll sit on the bank watch the poor things die. 

What you gonna do when the meal gives out 
We’ll go visiting round and ‘bout 

What you gonna do when the meat’s all gone 
Sit in the kitchen, gnaw on a bone  

Put your hand on your hip and let your mind roll by honey 
Cause your body got to swivel when you come to die 

Standing on the corner with a dollar in my hand
Standing there waiting for the crawdad man

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