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"Black Betty" (Roud 11668) is a 20th century African-American work song often credited to Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter as the author, though the earliest recordings are not by him. Some sources claim it is one of Lead Belly's many adaptations of earlier folk material; in this case an 18th century marching cadence about a flint-lock rifle.

In 1977, the rock band Ram Jam — whose members included Bill Bartlett, formerly of Starstruck and The Lemon Pipers — rerecorded the song with producers… read more


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  • Avatar for tigerwolf1
    Indyalanjones1--How is this racist? Ram Jam didn't write the song...Leadbelly did. Know your history!
  • Avatar for joecubbie
    @Indyalanjones1, shut up you Radiohead/Kanye West listening prick
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  • Avatar for davidbowiegirl
    Great song
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  • Avatar for habibjp
    Would just like to add that this remix is a steaming pile of expletive and PLEASE PLEASE STOP DOING THIS TO US FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
  • Avatar for midnight_angel
    What kind of remix is this? You never know what you're going to get on here.
  • Avatar for -Impaled-
    This remix sucks as opposed to the original.
  • Avatar for Heropsychodream
    Remix is still better than Katy Perry

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