Caravan Palace: Black Betty (2017) – Song Review

Black Caravan doing a great job remaking a classic American song!

Ok, so my wife has some interesting tastes in music… She introduced me to some great music, including modern rockish stylings of opera and opera style music, music like, ‘E.S. Posthumous’ as well as introducing me to the music of, ‘Electro Swing’!

Now for those of you who don’t know what Electro-Swing music is, it is a modern sort of some what techno remixes of the old time big band, ‘swing’ music… Well this song is not quite electro swing music, but I have to admit that this song, by Caravan Palace, ‘Black Betty’ is pretty damn good!

This group I am going to keep track of!

Now this song, which was originally an early 20th century African-American work song, has been making waves periodically for decades!, Ram Jam remade this song in the 1970s, and even Tom Jones and Meat Loaf remade this song in the early part of the new millenium!

What makes this song so great? Well I have not heard the original version of this song… So I can’t tell you why this song is so great in the earliest sense, but in Caravan Palace’s version… It is a fun classic rock version… And really does tell a story… I mean I could imagine this song being used in a chase scene in a Steve McQueen (The Great Escape) chase movie!

But you know what? Instead of listening to me,  why don’t you check it out for yourself?

And if you like that, then you are going to enjoy the lyrics for the song, ‘Black Betty’ from, ‘Ram Jam’ and remade by: ‘Caravan Palace’!

Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Black Betty had a child, bam-ba-lam
The damn thing gone wild, bam-ba-lam
She said “I’m worried outta mind”, bam-ba-lam
“The damn thing gone blind”, bam-ba-lam

Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam

Black Betty had a child, bam-ba-lam
The damn thing gone wild, bam-ba-lam
She said “I’m worried outta mind”, bam-ba-lam
“The damn thing gone blind”, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam

Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
She really gets me high, bam-ba-lam
You know that’s no lie, bam-ba-lam
She’s so rock-steady, bam-ba-lam
And she’s always ready, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam

Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
She’s from Birmingham, bam-ba-lam
Way down in Alabam’, bam-ba-lam
The way she shake that thing, bam-ba-lam
Boy, she makes me sing, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam

Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Black Betty had a child, bam-ba-lam
The damn thing gone wild, bam-ba-lam
She said “I’m worried outta mind”, bam-ba-lam
“The damn thing gone blind”, bam-ba-lam

Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam

She really gets me high, bam-ba-lam
You know that’s no lie, bam-ba-lam
She’s so rock-steady, bam-ba-lam
And she’s always ready, bam-ba-lam

Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam

Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Back-farm Birmingham, bam-ba-lam
Way down in Alabam’, bam-ba-lam
The way she shake that thing, bam-ba-lam
Boy she makes me sing, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam
Whoa black Betty, bam-ba-lam

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