BOLL WEEVIL SONG

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BOLL WEEVIL SONG
“The Boll Weevil Song” is the title of a 1961 song recorded by American R&B singer
Brook Benton. The song was adapted from a traditional American folk song [1] by Benton
and frequent musical collaborator Clyde Otis. The novelty record was produced by
Shelby Singleton and appeared on Benton’s album, The Boll Weevil Song and 11 Other
Great Hits. Benton’s recording was a hit single during the summer of 1961 and became
the highest-charting single of his career on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where the singer
had eight Top 10 hits between 1959 and 1970. “The Boll Weevil Song” spent three weeks
at #2 on the Hot 100 chart. On the R&B chart, where Benton had enjoyed even greater
success, the song also peaked at #2.
In England, the song reached a peak position of #30 on the UK Singles Chart and
remained in the Top 40 for eight weeks during the summer of 1961. The majority of the
song’s lyrics are spoken by Benton, as in when the farmer inquires, “Say, why’d you pick
my farm?” to which the boll weevils reply, “We ain’t gonna do ya much harm”. The
chorus of “we’re lookin’ for a home” was sung by Benton and the Mike Stewart Singers.
Well the boll weevil and the little black bug
Come from a-Mexico they say
Came all the way to Texas
Just a-lookin’ for a place to stay
Just a-lookin’ for a home, just a-lookin’ for a home
(Doo-doo-wop-wop)
Well the first time that I seen the boll weevil
He was a-sittin’ on the square
Well the next time that I seen him
He had his a-family there
Just a-lookin’ for a home, just a-lookin’ for a home
(Doo-doo-wop-wop)
Well the farmer took the boll weevil
And he put him on the red hot sand
Well the weevil said this is a-mighty hot
But I take it like a man
This will be my home, this will be my home
Well the f armer took the boll weevil
And he put him on a keg of ice
Well the weevil said to the farmer
This is mighty cool and nice
This will be my home, this will be my home
(Doo-doo-wop-wop)
Well if anybody should ask you
Who it was who sang this song
Say a guitar picker from a-Oklahoma city