Asian should they change their names to Betty, Rosie, and Mary Jane…. respnding to Texas State rep. Betty Brown, they should.

Asian should they change their names to Betty, Rosie, and Mary Jane…. respnding to Texas State rep. Betty Brown, they should. riginal post on  Gretawire.com
Betty, Rosie, and Mary Jane…. responding to Texas State rep. Betty Brown, Original post on  Gretawire.com
This old 20th century African-American work song , better known version, was an American 1970s rock band “Ram Jam”,  -one of the band members, Bill Bartlett, along with Dicky Betts and was previouly in the lemon pipers, a psychedelic pop band from Oxford, Ohio , best known for their 1977 hit, Black Betty. When the song caused controversy, when Bill Bartlett’s version of the  [Huddie William Ledbetter] aka – Lead Belly’s 59 second song, was extended along with a psychedelic pop beat, the NAACP and Congress of Racial Equality calling for a boycott due to the lyrics.
Is the name change for asians going to be another American folk tale in the making.
Below is the lyrics of what was original a 59 second sound, by Leadbelly’s

[x2] whoa, Black Betty (bam-A-lam)

Black Betty had a child (bam-A-lam)
The damn thing gone wild (bam-A-lam)
She said “I’m worrin’ outta my mind” (bam-A-lam)
The damn thing gone blind (bam-A-lam)
I said oh black Betty (bam-A-lam)
whoa, black Betty (bam-BA-lam)

[x2]whoa, black Betty (bam-BA-lam)

She really gets me high (bam-BA-lam)
You know that’s no lie (bam-BA-lam)
She’s so rock steady (bam-BA-lam)
She’s always ready (bam-BA-lam)
[x2] whoa, black Betty (bam-BA-lam)

Whoa, black Betty (bam-BA-lam)
Whoa, black Betty (bam-BA-lam)
She’s from Birmingham (bam-BA-lam)
Way down in alabam’ (bam-BA-lam)
Well’ shes shakin’ that thing (bam-BA-lam)
Boy she makes me sing (bam-BA-lam)
Whoa, black Betty (bam-BA-lam)
Whoa, black Betty
BAM-BA-LAM

Black Betty’s in the bottom,
I can hear her roar,
She’s bringing some po sucker,
With an achin soul.

She’ll bring you here and leave you,
Let your hammer ring,
For a hundred summers,
Let your hammer ring.

(and now we hear the most familiar part of the song)

Black Betty’s got a baby,
Let your hammer ring,
Damn thing’s gone crazy,
Let your hammer ring,
Dipped its head in gravy,
Let your hammer ring.
[x2]Woah, Black Betty
bam-ba-lam

[x2]Black Betty had a child
bam-ba-lam

[x2]Damn thing gone wild
bam-ba-lam

somewhere , I would find. . .

can’t remember when I saw the truth in you.
 
when the day was long
I knew
I would be your end.
 
when the morning came
I knew I would
it would be the end,
 
carried away
like a leaf
in an October breeze
 
I’d float a top
your heart
to be set free.
 
until the spring I would
be with you
until the end
I know you would never be
with me
 
not one to beholden to
a love un chosen
given the chance
you would beholden
 
to a fair hair maiden
of the town unknown
but known to you
a love to call your very own

Flounder

hold you in my arms
feel the breath you leave behind
take me past the point
no regrets, not going back
just music in my mind
colors fill my life

can’t say I’ve been there
don’t know if I’d go back again
know that I’d with you
either way
rain or shine
I  was out time
to be here
to be aware
to know that
when you stood before me then
is when I knew
you’ll be forever in mind
forever and a day
only to be a dream

but I live beyond that night
I welcome the morning
with a kiss
I welcome you with
the tightest hug
you’ve ever felt
only at this very moment, I could be with you
and you with me

rain or shine
I was out time
to be here
to be aware
to know that
when you stood before me then
is when I knew
you’ll be forever in mind
forever and a day
only to be a dream

come

 

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