Ives, Burl - The Blue Tail Fly Lyrics




When I was young I used to wait
On the boss and give him his plate
And Pass the bottle when he got dry
And brush away the blue-tail fly

Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
My master's gone away

And when he'd ride in the afternoon
I'd follow after with a hickory broom
The pony being rather shy
When bitten by a blue-tail fly

Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
My master's gone away

One day he ride around the farm
The flies so numerous they did swarm
One chanced to bite him on the thigh
The devil take the blue-tail fly

Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
My master's gone away

The pony run, he jump, he pitch
He threw my master in the ditch
He died and the jury wondered why
The verdict was the blue-tail fly

Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
My master's gone away

They lay him under a 'simmon tree
His epitaph is there to see
"Beneath this stone I'm forced to lie
The victim of a blue-tail fly"

Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care
My master's gone away
The master's gone away





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Ives, Burl The Blue Tail Fly Comments
  1. jet727vans

    Brings backs wonderful memories of growing up in the 1950s

  2. FooBar Maximus

    Ole massa gone, now let 'im rest,

    Dey say all tings am for de best;

    I neber forget till de day I die,

    Ole massa an' dat blue-tail fly

  3. Diontae Daughtry

    Fantastic 👍👍

  4. J Edgar Hoova

    Sept 11. Blue tail fly

  5. Sunny dayz

    Mama kendig?

  6. Dave Johnson

    If he doesn't care why'd he write the song?

    thespecialneedsgroup

    He doesn't care because he's drinking corn whiskey to celebrate getting away with killing his slave master.

    That's the implication, at least.

    FooBar Maximus

    Are you really that ignorant? lol

  7. Suzanne Tyrrell

    I love Burl Ives's voice

  8. Zubadascana

    i was born in 1943, and this song used to make me a my hogs have misty eye

  9. Chris Dieter

    Ones of those songs from early childhood that is so nostalgic it gives me goosebumps!

    c w

    Burl ives singing gives me goosebumps

    Ion-SHIVs

    Same here.

  10. MB Ply

    me tooo :3

  11. Philip Anderson

    I love this song :)