Jerry Reed - Amos Moses Lyrics




Yeah here comes Amos
Now Amos Moses was a Cajun he lived by himself in the swamp
He hunted alligators for a livin' he’d just knock 'em in the head with a stump
The Louisiana law's gonna get ya Amos
It ain't legal huntin' alligators down in the swamp boy
Now everybody blames his old man for makin' him mean as a snake
When Amos Moses was a boy his daddy would use him for alligator bait
Tie a rope around his waist and throw him in the swamp ha ha ha
Alligator bait in the Louisiana bayou
About forty five minutes southeast of Thibodaux Louisiana
Lived a man called Doc Millsap and his pretty wife Hannah
Well they raised up a son that could eat up his weight in groc'ries
Named him after the man of the cloth called him Amos Moses
Yeah ha ha

Now all the folks around south Louisiana said Amos was a hell of a man
He could trap the biggest the meanest alligator and just use one hand
That's all he got left cause the alligator bit him ha ha ha
Left arm gone clean up to the elbow
Well the sheriff got wind that Amos was in the swamp trappin' alligator skins
So he snuck in the swamp gonna get the boy but he never come out again
Well I wonder where the Louisiana sheriff went to
Well you can sure get lost in the Louisiana bayou
About forty five minutes southeast of Thibodaux Louisiana
Lived a cat called Doc Millsap and his pretty wife Hannah
Well they raised up a son that could eat up his weight in groc'ries
Named him after a man of the cloth called him Amos Moses
Sit down on 'em Amos make it count son
About forty five minutes southeast of Thibodaux Louisiana
Lived a cat called Doc Millsap and his pretty wife Hannah





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  1. Andievo4U2

    My fave karaoke song. I used to swim with Gators @ 12 yrs old like a dork in the canal by my house. Bored. Fearless. Stupid. Folks didn't say a word. Just when to be home for dinner.

  2. Tiffany Mosley

    It gets me every time

  3. Corey Logsdon

    somebody put this up in braille so the 1500 or so deaf folk can remove their dislikes.

  4. patcom101

    Now I know where Les Claypool got his inspiration from.

  5. Cj Fruge

    Lafayette Louisiana

  6. OG BamBam GO

    GTA San Andreas memories lol

  7. Debra Bratz

    This song was on the radio all the time when I was young and everyone liked it.

  8. Scotty G

    RIP Jerry we need you back.

  9. Just smile.

    I hope i dont get hate for this, but i like the Primus version more.

    1984 Chevy C30

    Why would we hate you're own opinion ?

  10. Kolton McCulloh

    Good song

  11. Thumper17

    This was my Jam in San Andreas. By God, were those some good times.

  12. Jake Matthews

    Primus does one hell of a cover of this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrdc0oaeH04

  13. Noreen Convay

    if this song dont put the lord into you nothing will

  14. John Shoemaker Jr

    All these avatars, so explain America 2020

  15. Scott Dawg

    Using black babies for Alligator bait...0:37

  16. dat boi

    This song is my new favorite song

    Ah Choo

    If you like this your going to love "Polk Salad Annie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCSsVvlj6YA

  17. Willie Rowe

    Make Movie on Amos Moses!!!

  18. Gene Whittle

    When country was country instead of the crap they play today !!

  19. Daquan Lewis

    playing along to this on my 71 Harmony Archtop rn! Shit bangs!

  20. AmericanIsraeliJew

    Is there any kid in the 60's America that didn't sing this song one time or another walking to school?

  21. Mike V

    well I wonder where that Louisiana sheriff went to?...lol

  22. Phil Huebner

    He could eat up his weight in groceries.

    Instant classic!

  23. real cooking

    Go get em son

  24. Bookbird MLG

    People tell me I look like a young Jerry Reed. I am okay with this

  25. Pat McGannon

    I love me some Jerry and Chet.

  26. ActsisMMLJ CorrectlyObeyed

    Ma maison ou mon nom de famille n'est pas Champagne.

  27. Mark Blackburn

    Left a note of praise at PBS Facebook page for Ken Burns' latest triumph -- the eight-part series COUNTRY MUSIC: It has an infinite number of elements that have been blended down into this artless (you're not aware of the editing at all!) masterpiece. Inevitably some greats will get little or no recognition. Thought of one such -- a guitarists' guitarist, Jerry Reed -- greatest-ever composer of virtuoso pieces for guitar (Chet's favorite, 'nuff said). There is Jerry Reed -- stage right in the b&w photo of Patsy Cline next to Faron Young. Who but fellow finger-pickers would recognize that smiling face? But to include mention of Jerry Reed would be to invite dozens of us to say "Why not mention (fill-in-the-blank).

    A fellow guitarist here, Michael Hossler says the father of finger-style guitar Merle Travis was 'short changed.' I said in reply You just reminded me of Chet Atkins' favorite guitarist/composer Jerry Reed. There was a pianist/composer of my Dad's generation in the 1930s -- Zez Confrey -- who wrote convoluted melodies -- totally memorable, yet impossible to whistle or hum like Dizzy Fingers and Kitten on the Keys. Jerry, I told my Dad was his equivalent on guitar. His virtuoso pieces are still being mastered by all of today's 'best-since-Chet' finger-pickers, America's Doyle Dykes and Australia's Tommy Emmanuel. Plus -- Jerry Reed brought funk to Country (think AMOS MOSES) not really heard from again until Dolly recorded her TWO DOORS DOWN.


    Even before Stevie Wonder's SUPERSTITION, Jerry Reed was introducing funk to delighted country audiences. This one -- AMOS MOSES -- crossed over to the pop charts with success. This upload to YouTube has nearly nine million "views" [!] Thanks, Folsom90 for sharing.


    PS Among the comments below is one from a kindred spirit in France who said: Reminds me of really early DIRE STRAIGHTS. I replied: "One of Mark ("Dire Straights") Knopfler's heroes! Reminds me, in turn, that the only time John Lennon and Bob Dylan were sitting in an audience, side-by-side together was for a performance by Jerry Reed. All of which is to say, Chet Atkins' favorite picker/composer was arguably the greatest.


    Favorite ongoing anecdote: Jerry would forget his own compositions all-too-quickly and would play them immediately for Chet. I.e. No Chet? No classic Jerry Reed instrumentals! Jerry's best are still being played and analyzed by the world's greatest-living finger-pickers like Doyle Dykes (only guitarist to play at Chet's memorial service at the Ryman Auditorium) and Australia's Tommy Emmanuel. Oh yes, favorite anecdote: A guitarist friend once played a song for Jerry who said, "Who wrote that?" "YOU did!"

  28. Danny mathis

    Jerry Reeds' joy comes thru his music! Great country chicken picker & performer !

  29. Jessie Blanton

    BACK WOODS GATOR LADY NATASHA CLARK ALL ABOUT PERLS US COM FACE BOOK LIVE BEST GATOR LADY THEY IS.👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍🚛🚛🤘🤘🤘🤘📞📞📞📞📞📞📞📞

  30. Walter White!

    Padre lo de la canción!!
    Le dice la hija al padre.

  31. HeyItsJermz

    One of my earliest memories is with my grandma and she was jamming this. RIP granny

  32. Lil*Rip

    My dad named our dog Amos Moses when I was a kid.

  33. Thomas Roman

    Eastbound & Down
    Smokey & the Bandit

  34. Deborah Moses

    You can guess what my husband’s nickname is........

  35. Michael Hancock

    Back when music was worth listening to.........

  36. Randy Vinson

    Just listen to that geetarr.playing

  37. Miguel Fernández Giménez

    You lift my heart up when the rest of me is down

  38. TakerBITW 434

    Adelante Juan Ignacio.

  39. Alicia Page

    LA VIDA MODERNA ES ESCUCHAR LA CANCION DE CABECERA DEL PPROGRAMA 10h SEGUIDAS

  40. Nooblesix 6

    Grand Thef Auto?

  41. TinaMaria Moore

    Sit down on em Amos. Make it count son.

  42. Martin Conta Gets Banned

    This is based on a true story... People used to use black babies and kids as alligator bait back on the late 1800s and early 1900s... Look it up...

  43. WitnessThe

    Ye Hah!!!

  44. Alonso Ashmod

    Puro Lousiana y mochis a la verga

  45. Extundo

    I get this is a San Andreas song, I love it. But I've realized how much transcendentalism this song has

  46. Christian Guitierrez

    GTA SAN ANDREAS brought me here !!!!

  47. Guilain Bohineust

    if sounds like really early dire straits style (Setting me Up from the Dire Straits album)

    Mark Blackburn

    One of Mark ("Dire Straights") Knopfler's heroes. Reminds me that the only time John Lennon and Bob Dylan were sitting in an audience, side-by-side together was for a performance by Jerry Reed. All of which is to say, Chet Atkins' favorite picker/composer was arguably the greatest. Favorite ongoing anecdote: Jerry would forget his own compositions all-too-quickly and would play them immediately for Chet. I.e. No Chet? No classic Jerry Reed instrumentals (still being played and analyzed by the world's greatest-living finger-pickers like Doyle Dykes (only guitarist to play at Chet's memorial service at the Ryman Auditorium) and Australia's Tommy Emmanuel. Oh yes, favorite anecdote: A guitarist friend once played a song for Jerry who said, "Who wrote that?" "YOU did!"

  48. maniac attack

    thanks to san andres i discovered this jam.......and i love it!!!

  49. Cary West

    Correction on a word in the lyrics,Amos Moses used a stob.Not a stump,as the printer states.
    This is a Southern term for a gnarly stick.I don't believe yankees know what a stob is.

  50. Leslie Conway

    Love it

  51. Kiley Smith

    Moses buried after bought some land please LINE MOSES WAS OFF SHEM LINE.... ENOCH LAMECH MATHUSALA 969

  52. Joey Ranno

    The Godfather of southern rock

  53. Stephen Carpenteri

    Jerry was a guitar genius who also had fun playing. A great, talented, under-rated entertainer.

  54. Jack Brown

    Amos Moses: *murder's a police officer*
    Everybody: WhERe'D dA LoOZIaNa ShErRiFf gO

  55. Potwheelz

    God i love this song. GTA.

  56. Nick Farside

    Make it count son, you young boys take a lesson here. Counting on you.

  57. Anthony Davis

    One of the best to step behind a microphone. R.I.P. Snowman & Bandit.

  58. Joey Ranno

    Southern rock

  59. Carlos José Romero Coronel

    Le antiende Don Ignacio

  60. Extundo

    going through tierra robada with this

  61. John Delmos

    Super excellent.

  62. Jessie Blanton

    Amos moses natasha clark all about perls us com face book live gator lady.

  63. Crowbar Jr

    Small in the saddle? Heres some tunes to whistle on a lonely night!

  64. egoBorder

    song's so damn funny

  65. Mark Walcker

    The good ole days🐍🐊

  66. Allen Trey

    I don't like how my friends call me Mooch....and yet they won't let me leave cause they so kind to me...most times...but sometimes they ain't...and after nights like that...I don't feel like being to nice either....the thangs that go through my mind in my shed out back afterwards....boi I'm big... I should apply for OU football...idk..any advice would be appreciated. Thank ye.

  67. Barry Professional musician,comedian,impressionist

    "YAEAH...HERE COME AMOS!!"
    This sing is way too short!!
    Love this!! 0:43. "Ahaha!!"

  68. No Body

    I love it when he says left arm gone clean up to the elbow

  69. Niels Daemen

    Yeah, here comes Amos
    Now Amos Moses was a Cajun
    He lived by himself in the swamp
    He hunted alligator for a living
    He'd just knock them in the head with a stump
    The Louisiana law gonna get you, Amos
    It ain't legal hunting alligator down in the swamp, boy
    Now everyone blamed his old man
    For making him mean as a snake
    When Amos Moses was a boy
    His daddy would use him for alligator bait
    Tie a rope around his neck and throw him in the swamp
    Alligator bait in the Louisiana bayou
    About forty-five minutes southeast of Thibodaux, Louisiana
    Lived a man called Doc Mills South and his pretty wife Hannah
    Well, they raised up a son that could eat up his weight in groceries
    Named him after a man of the cloth
    Called him Amos Moses, yeah
    Now the folks around south Louisiana
    Said Amos was a hell of a man
    He could trap the biggest, the meanest alligator
    And he'd just use one hand
    That's all he got left 'cause an alligator bit it
    Left arm gone clear up to the elbow
    Well the sheriff caught wind that Amos was in the swamp trapping alligator skin
    So he snuck in the swamp gonna get the boy
    But he never come out again
    Well I wonder where the Louisiana sheriff went to
    Well you can sure get lost in the Louisiana bayou
    About forty-five minutes southeast of Thibodaux, Louisiana
    Lived a cat called Doc Mills South and his pretty wife Hannah
    Well, they raised up a son that could eat up his weight in groceries
    Named him after a man of the cloth
    Called him Amos Moses
    Sit down on 'em Amos!
    Make it count son
    About forty-five minutes southeast of Thibodaux, Louisiana
    Lived a man called Doc Mills South and his pretty wife Hannah

  70. Bektas Birben

    One of the best songs from GTA SA

  71. Jim Barron

    My pop use to call me Amos Moses because he felt I was eating my weight in groceries. It was shorted to just Amos once I got the message.

  72. Gator Hogg

    Who's listening in October 2019🎹🎸🐧🙋‍♂️?

    Julie Iverson

    Hell yeah!

    Andrew bray

    Great song

    Michael Lawless

    Kentucky mike still on it

    Clayton Curl

    Gator Hogg it’s December

  73. Puddinhead Wilson

    Make it count, Son!

  74. Action Jesus

    True GTA classic, only good as joke. Fuck country music lol, but this is hillarious.

    Jack Brown

    Fuck you lol

  75. HORSE SIX ZERO

    Take your best friend's name, who is from LA and then insert name, let hilarity ensure!
    #ArmyVeteransAreSillyCreatures

  76. Ted Brazee

    This song always makes me thirsty......ole moonshine !!!!!!

  77. charles brown

    Todays' Country ain't got nothin' on this. Classic!!

  78. Richard Balls

    Sounds like anus

  79. weldrider

    About 45 " southeast of Thibodaux, LA....Ha Ha Ha.....Love it!

  80. Crap Movie Reviews

    Who else is here because of GTA San Andreas?

  81. David Garris

    Classic. Just classic.

  82. David Garris

    Goddamn right! Never get music like this ever again.

  83. David Garris

    Really? Com on now. !

  84. Dick Dodger

    The GTA San Andreas nostalgia is real! So many back woods shenanigans committed with this song blaring in the background.

  85. Ian Williams

    "well I wonder where the Louisiana sheriff went to?... haha"

  86. Shane Feeney

    Love this song

  87. TheBlockA

    Wish I could have played music with you before you last cousin

  88. David Garris

    Just look up who was a great gutair player. ... Glen Campbell, Jerry Reed, Roy Clark.

  89. J D

    tied a rope around his face....* called him Amos Moses... ;-)

  90. Lord Lhus TV

    This is its own genre and before its time

  91. Constable Dodo

    HERE COMES AAAAANUS

  92. Kiley Smith

    THIS IS MARK SPILLER

  93. Nils Hedstrom

    Amos Moses was hilarious, great song!

  94. weldrider

    Goddamn i miss Mr. Jerry Reed......"Play it Boy"

  95. Andrew W.C.

    1.4 thousand people are about to get lost in the Louisiana bayou.

  96. Jim NORRIS

    I have heard of some Law men.going to those Swamp an never coming out.

  97. Crystal West

    Racist song

    Jack Brown

    @southsidepatrol 67 she believes that urban legend that black babies were used as alligator bait. Even though the song says that Amos Moses was Cajun.