Who Sang Ballad of Spider John? Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett Living and Dying in ¾ Time cover art
Credits
publisher: ©DON WILLIAMS MUSIC GROUP
writers: W.a. Ramsey
release date: 1974-2
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country Rock/Classic Rock
length: 4:29
producer: Don Gant
membranophone: Sammy Creason
lead vocals: Jimmy Buffett
mixer: Tommy Semmes
electric guitar: Reggie Young
recording engineer: David McKinley
keyboard: Michael Utley
acoustic guitar: Jimmy Buffett
harmonica: Greg “Fingers” Taylor
bass guitar: Tommy Cogbill
pedal steel guitar: Doyle Grisham
Spider John is my name friend
I'm in between freights and I sure would be obliged
If you'd share your company
I know this may sound strange to you
But if you wait 'til the song is sung and the story's told
You might come to understand
Why I'm old and bent and devil's been runnin' out of time
When I long ago held a royal flush in my hand.

Oh, I was a super market fool, I was a roll-the-bank, a
stool pigeon,
Robbing my hometown
I thought I'd lost the blues, yes, I thought I'd paid my dues
I thought I'd found the life to suit my style

But here I sit ol' Spider John
The robber man
Long, tall and handsome
Yes, ol' Spider John with the loaded hand
Taking ransom

Then one day I met Diamond Lil
She was the sweetest thing, I declare,
That the summer breeze ever blown my way
But, lady, she had no idea my illustrious occupation
She thought I was a saint, not a sinner gone astray
But you see that word got around and Lily left town
Never saw her again
Tossin' and turnin', causin' my heart to grieve

Oh, I was a super market fool, I was roll-the-bank, stool pigeon
Robbing my hometown.
I thought I'd lost my blues, thought I'd paid my dues
I thought I'd found the life to suit my style.
But here I sit ol' Spider John,
The robber man
Long, tall and handsome
Yes, ol' Spider John with the loaded hand
Taking ransom

That is all my story
Been these thirty years since I took to the road
Find my precious jewel one
If you see my Lily, won't you give her my regards
Tell her ol' Spider got tangled
In the black web that he spun

You can tell her that ol' Spider got tangled
In the black web that he spun



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Pencil Thin Mustache
  • 2 Come Monday
  • 3 Ringling, Ringling
  • 4 Brahma Fear
  • 5 Brand New Country Star
  • 6 Livingston’s Gone to Texas
  • 7 The Wino and I Know
  • 8 West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown
  • 9 Saxophones
  • 10 Ballad of Spider John
  • 11 God’s Own Drunk

  • Album Information
    label: Dunhill Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin