The ballad of Jed Clampett    (video)

 

    instrumental intro = verse

 

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1. Come and listen to the story about a man named Jed,

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    a poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed. 

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    Then one day he was shootin' at some food,

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    and up through the ground come a bubblin' crude. 

 

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+  (spoken : ) Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.    + instr. = verse 1

 

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2. Well, the first thing you know Ole Jed’s a millionaire,

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    the kinfolk said, “Jed, move away from there!” 

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    They said “Californie is the place that you oughta be!” 

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    So they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly.

 

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+ (spoken :) Hills, that is, swimming pools, and movie stars. + in.=verse 1

 

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3. Now, it's time to say good-bye to Jed and all his kin,

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    they would like to thank you for so kindly droppin’ in. 

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    You’re all invited back again to this locality, 

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    to have a heapinhelpin’ of their hospitality. 

 

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+  (spoken : ) Beverly Hills, that is, that’s what they call a mountain !

 

     Nice folks ! Y'all come back, y'hear? 

 

(orig. = no capo; cover in G)    (Flatt & Scruggs)