Crawdads are crayfish resembling small lobsters. They mainly live in streams and brooks.

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Rachel Cotton wrote, "My mom would sing this song to me when I was a child."


"Catfish" Hubbard wrote me from Franklin, Illinois... "I used to hear fiddle players play this song probably 55 years ago and the last line they always used was: Gonna sit on the banks and watch the crawdads die, honey, oh baby, mine."

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Rachel Cotton of Pea Ridge, Arkansas for contributing this song in 2004.

Thanks so much!