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Swamp Witch
Jim Stafford

Black water Hattie lived back in the swamp
Where the strange green reptiles crawl
Snakes hang thick from the cypress trees
Like sausage on a smokehouse wall
Where the swamp is alive with a thousand eyes
An' all of them watching you
Stay off the track to Hattie's shack
In the back of the Black Bayou
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Way up the road from Hattie's shack
Lies a sleepy little Okeechobee town
Talk of swamp witch Hattie
Lock you in when the sun go down
Rumors of what she'd done
Rumors of what she'd do
Kept folks off the track of Hattie's shack
In the back of the Black Bayou
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One day brought the rain and the rain stayed on
And the swamp water overflowed
Skeeters and the fever grabbed the town like a fist
Doctor Jackson was the first to go
Some say the plague was brought by Hattie
There was talk of a hangin' too
But the talk got shackled by the howls and the cackles
From the bowels of the Black bayou
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Early one morning' 'tween dark and dawn
When shadows filled the sky
There came an unseen caller
On a town where road run dry
You'd swear there was found
A big black round vat full of gurgling brew
Whispering sounds as the folk gathered round
"It came from the Black Bayou"
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There ain't much pride when you're trapped inside
A slowly sinking' ship
Scooped up the liquid deep and green
And the whole town took a sip
Fever went away and the very next day
The skies again were blue
Let's thank old Hattie for savin' our town
We'll fetch her from the Black Bayou
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Party of ten of the town's best men
Headed for Hattie's shack
Said, "Swamp Witch magic was useful and good
And they're gonna bring Hattie back"
Never found Hattie and they never found the shack
Never made the trip back in
There was a parchment note they found tacked to a stump
Said, "Don't come lookin' again"

Added by: FrancisMorin, January 7, 2018 at 03:41pm
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