Personally, I quite enjoy the song and I find it to have a great percussive groove and a catchy melody with some rather interesting rhythmic modulations and shifts. Link below in case you may not be familiar with the song. However, not many people might not be aware of its origins, especially in the context of black American music. While Leadbelly has been typically credited as such, he cannot fully take credit for something he recorded as a folk artist, as Henry Edward Krehbiel argued that folk songs needed to be birthed originally by a group of people rather than an individual artist . One source I found particularly interesting was our favorite folk song collectors, John and Alan Lomax. Being that Leadbelly was also a member of Texas prison chain gangs, its very plausible that he learned the song and many others there, and there may also be a trail that could be investigated further into the musics of enslaved blacks in the US. Therefore, this demonstrates a rather interesting transmission of music from a possible origin in slave songs to white musicians like Ram Jam. They did manage to give credit to the artist who had a definitive recording, which I find to be at least somewhat conscious on their efforts as recording artists in the American popular music scene, but it should be worth noting the influence of black folk music that was felt as late as the s and that we are likely still feeling today. Cromelin, Richard.
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Top definition. Aug 11 Word of the Day. Wet Ass Pussy. You can tell by the way she walks, she got that WAP. You can look at her face and tell she ain't got that WAP. Black Betty. Known as the Boston Bruins song in the '70s. Ram Jam's black betty is playing. There painted in Black radar reflective paint. Hence the name " Black Betty ".
Some sources claim it is one of Lead Belly's many adaptations of earlier folk material;  in this case an 18th-century marching cadence about a flintlock musket. There are numerous recorded versions, including a cappella , folk , and rock arrangements. The best known modern recordings are rock versions by Ram Jam , Tom Jones , and Spiderbait , all of which were hits. The origin and meaning of the lyrics are subject to debate. Historically, the "Black Betty" of the title may refer to the nickname given to a number of objects: a musket, a bottle of whiskey, a whip, or a penitentiary transfer wagon. Some sources [ citation needed ] claim the song is derived from an 18th-century marching cadence about a flint-lock musket with a black painted stock; the "bam-ba-lam" lyric referring to the sound of the gunfire. One of those phrases is "He's kiss'd black Betty. Pennsylvania of , a short section describes wedding ceremonies and marriage customs, including a wedding tradition where two young men from the bridegroom procession were challenged to run for a bottle of whiskey.
If you are both in high school, she may refuse altogether. Within a cultural group marriage is hard. Odds are majorly against this dude.