Ballad of the Boll Weevil

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Ballad of the Boll Weevil-Mance Lipscomb
C position, standard tuning

First saw old boll weevil, he was in the air
Next time I saw that boll weevil, he was stickin' on a cotton square
He found him a home, had to have a home

Farmer said to the boll weevil, "What you doin' on my farm?"
Boll weevil said to the farmer, "I ain't gon' do you much harm,
I'm a-lookin' for a home, I'm got to have a home."

Farmers all got together, said, "Let's poison our crops.
We don't stop that boll weevil, he'll eat up everything we got.
He's lookin' for a home, done found him a home."

Then they decided to take him, stick him in some ice
Stayed in the ice twenty-four hours, come out lookin' very nice
He had him a home, had a cool home

Then they decided to catch him, stick him in the sand
Stayed there thirty long hours, he stood it like a natch'l man
He had a home, he had a hot home

Farmers all decided, wonderin' what to do
"You done et up all our cotton crop, goin' in the corn patch, too,
Done found a home, done found him a home."

Now the boll weevil said to the farmer, "I'm your bosom friend.
I caused you to get four cents on every bale of cotton that you take to the gin,
I got a home, I done found me a home."

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