The Ballad Of Jed Clampett

Album: The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)
Charted: 44
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  • Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jed
    Poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed
    Then one day he was shooting for some food,
    And up through the ground come a bubbling crude
    (Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea)

    Well the first thing you know old Jed's a millionaire
    Kin folk said Jed move away from there
    Said California is the place you oughta be
    So they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly
    (Hills that is, swimming pools, movie stars)

    Well now it's time to say goodbye to Jed and all his kin
    They would like to thank you folks for kindly dropping in
    You're all invited back again to this locality
    To have a heaping helping of their hospitality
    (Beverly Hillbillies, that's what they call 'em now,
    Nice folks Y'all come back now, ya hear?) Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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