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Banta Rooster Blues

This song is by Big Joe Williams and appears on the compilation album Big Joe Williams Vol. 2 (1945-1949) (1991) and on the compilation album Big Joe Williams and the Stars of Mississippi Blues (2004).

What you need with a rooster, and he won't crow for day?
What you need with a rooster, and he won't crow for day?
Now, what you need with a man, now, and you, know he won't do nothin' that he say?

I'm gonna buy me a little banty rooster, gonna put 'I'm in my back door
I'm gonna buy me a banty rooster, gonna put 'I'm in my back door
Yes, so if another man stop by, boys, flap his wings and then he crows

My hook's in the water, yes, my cock's on top
Yes, my hook's in the water, man, and my cock's on top
But how in the world can I lose, people, with the help that I got?

Take it from me! Play it well! How much?

Yes, I know my little dog, anywhere I hear him bark
Yes, I know my dog, boys, anywhere I hear him bark
Well, you know I can tell my little woman, if I feel her in the dark

Now, when I'm gone, when I'm gone, hang my picture on Jackson wall (Spoken: I mean Jackson, Mississippi)
Yeah, when I'm gone, when I'm gone, hang my picture on Jackson wall
Now, if anybody aks you, "What about it?", you can tell 'em "That's all, that's all, that's all"

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