Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues
Charlie Patton - also by Lead Belly, Linda Tillery

Sees a little boll weevil* keeps movin' in
You can plant your cotton and you won't get a half a bale

Bo weevil, bo weevil, where's your native home?
A-Louisiana raised in Texas, least is where I was bred and born

Well, I saw the bo weevil, Lord, a-circle, Lord, in the air
The next time I seed him, Lord, he had his family there

Bo weevil left Texas, Lord, he bid me: fare ye well

(spoken: Where you goin' now?)

I'm goin' down the Mississippi, gonna give Louisiana hell

(spoken: How is that, boy?)

Suck all the blossoms and he leave your hedges square
The next time I seed you, you know you had your family there

Bo weevil meet his wife: We can sit down on the hill
Bo weevil told his wife: Let's trade this fourty** in

Bo weevil told his wife, says: I believe I may go North

(spoken: Hold on, I'm gonna tell all about that)

Let's leave Louisiana, we can go to Arkansas

Well, I saw the bo weevil, Lord a-circle, Lord, in the air
Next time I seed him, Lord, he had his family there
Bo weevil told the farmer that: I 'tain't got ticket fare

Sucks all the blossom and leave your hedges square
Bo weevil, bo weevil, where your native home?
Most anywhere they raise cotton and corn

Bo weevil, bo weevil, outta treat me fair
The next time I did you had your family there

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*  Also spelled weavil = a beetle that infested the cotton plants,
    desaster for many farms in the 1920's
** fourty acres


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