Austin Collins and The Rainbirds - Crawdad Man

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This song, like many other American folk tunes, came about as accompaniment to a special kind of dance – in this case, a “play party.” These gatherings, boisterous affairs usually conducted without any instruments, brought together couple after couple, stomping and promenading in jumbled, rhythmic steps with off-the-cuff rhymes about everyday life.

“Crawdad” is based on a somewhat earlier tune from the late 19th century called “Sweet Thing.” Workers building levees along the Mississippi to prevent it from flooding are thought to be the first to have sung it. Crawdad fishing is still a significant activity in the South and harvests of crawdads are used for bait and dinner. In Louisiana, you can taste these freshwater “lobsters” in everything from pie to cornbread. And if you want to know more, you can study to become a Hydrogeologist .

lyrics

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 down to the crawdad hole
Honey, baby mine
 
What you gonna do when the lake goes dry, honey
What you gonna do when the lake goes dry, babe
What you gonna do when the lake goes dry
Sit on the banks and watch the crawdads die
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
Got all the crawdads he can pack
Honey, baby mine

credits

from EATS PASTE, released April 1, 2010
Recorded in Austin, Texas at Ramble Creek Studio. Engineered and Mixed by Britton Beisenherz

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