The Crawdad Song – The Petersens (LIVE)

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We grew up watching the Andy Griffith Show and when we were coming up with songs for the new album, we knew we had to choose one from Andy’s front porch. Hope you enjoy this Americana classic!

Fun fact, we use this song as a change of pace in the middle of our 90-minute Branson show and it replaced our original, The Ring Song (), that we played for many years.

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►More fun songs:
I’m Gonna Miss Her
Rocky Top
Take Me The Way I Am

►Another song inspired by the Andy Griffith Show:
Hey, Grandpa (Original)

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Vocals and fiddle: @Katie Petersen
Vocals and banjo: @Ellen Haygood
Vocals and mandolin: @Julianne

Turn on captions (CC) to see the lyrics on screen.
Special thanks to Troy Dixon for helping us with audio and Aaron Clark for the videography.
Microphones by Ear Trumpet Labs

►LYRICS – The Crawdad Song
You get a line and I’ll get a pole, honey
You get a line and I’ll get a pole, babe
You get a line and I’ll get a pole
We’ll go fishin’ in the crawdad hole*
Honey, baby mine

Sell your crawdads three for a dime, honey
Sell your crawdads three for a dime, babe
Sell your crawdads three for a dime
Your crawdads ain’t good as mine
Honey, baby mine

Hurry up, you slept too late, honey
Hurry up, you slept too late, babe
Hurry up babe, you slept too late
Crawdad man done passed your gate
Honey, baby mine

What are ya gonna do when the lake goes dry, honey?
What are ya gonna do when the lake goes dry, babe?
What are ya gonna do when the lake goes dry
Sit on the bank, watch crawdads die?
Honey, babe of mine

I heard the duck say to the drake*, honey
I heard the duck say to the drake, babe
I heard the duck say to the drake
There ain’t no crawdads in this lake
Honey, babe of mine

So you get a line and I’ll get a pole, honey
You get a line and I’ll get a pole, babe
You get a line and I’ll get a pole
We’ll go fishin’ in the crawdad hole, honey
Baby honey, baby honey
Babe of mine

* Crawdad = US slang for a freshwater crayfish, like a little lobster. They’re also known as mud bugs as they dig holes in the mud near lakes and streams.
* Drake = male duck.
Photo: Crawdad hole

►The Petersens:
We celebrate American roots music with family values, and perform full time in Branson, Missouri in the USA. The band consists of four siblings, Katie, Ellen, Matt, and Julianne, our mom Karen, and good friend Emmett Franz. Learn more about our family on our website

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This song features on: Our upcoming album!

500 Comments

  1. Oh music !
    My heart is dancing ……. now !
    Manuel Alonso de San Miguel
    El Salvador Centroamérica
    18 october 2022 10: 21pm

  2. That was pretty good. It even rocked the Babys to sleep. You girls did great! Southwest Germany is waving a hand 💯👍🙋‍♂

  3. It sounds like song "Crambone" by Uncle Pecos from Tom and Jerry Cartoon Movies 😅

  4. Y'all are as beautiful as you are talented: incredibly.
    May God continue to Bless y'all, You're amazing.

  5. Beautiful! These young ladies harmonize very well. 😊

  6. Discovered your channel this morning. Now I want to watch every video!

  7. What will they not tackle in a spotlight performance? From folk traditional, pop, rock and country. Next up R&B, Rap or something with a little international flare? No telling, but it’s always a surprise, harmoniously flavorful and beautifully packaged for our listening pleasure. Wonderful as usual.

  8. I guess all the smoke helps their voices. They would sell a lot more songs in daisy dukes.

  9. This sounds better than any mainstream music in my opinion

  10. I’ve been waiting for a new song and you haven’t failed yet again. Absolutely amazing ❤. The petersens are getting me through dialysis. Thank you 😊

  11. Don't know who mixed this, but props to you! Awesome job on all accounts!

  12. Do you have to from Kentucky so sing like this? The are awesome. 🎉

  13. I loved it when you sang this for your encore in Charlotte, NC! Great musicians, voices, good to see another YouTube live favorite. Love y'all!

  14. If I were listening to them live, I could listen to these ladies for hours. Wouldn't it be fun to know them personally and hang out with this family? Great musicians, great harmony singing with pleasing voices, and they are so down-to-earth. Well done, I say!

  15. I wish I had my acoustic guitar to join these ladies. Wonderful!

  16. Lovely, graceful, elegant, sunny, I cannot find better words to compliment these fine young ladies. Thank you for your dedication to music

  17. i love all instruments but i could sit and listen to a banjo playing all day

  18. You three happy-go-lucky-ladies singing Happy-go-lucky songs are the best. Loved the Crawdad song. LOL.

  19. They have a song that say "my dady has a gun" just to say "don't touch these girls"! But I love them singing in their fresh family spirit sooo much!

  20. These ladies sound great both vocally and as musicians. Well done girls.👍👍🇨🇦

  21. Wonderful ! As A geographer I love how you’re out there on the landscape

  22. lindas las voces y escenarios naturales. Saludos desde Chile

  23. "Ya gals are just dandy" , is what I believe Americans might say about this trio of talented and entertaining ladies. I really enjoyed this "ol timey" style. I listen to your songs over and over. God bless you from South Africa.

  24. Always easing a stressed mind, beyond compare.
    Please make "now we are free" by Gerard and Lisa your love.

  25. I’ve loved this song most of my 71 years of life!!

  26. Thanks, This song made my day and is guaranteed to put a smile on everyones face.

  27. Gotta be Aaron's wife and kids. 😉 Someone's got possum instincts.

  28. when I play music with that song, I don't understand but my heart is pulling you, may I know where this is, does it make me interested?

  29. Круто. Мне очень нравится. 🙂

  30. Wonderful harmonies. And very nice campfire athmosphere.
    Love this songs that make me happy to live.
    Greetings from Switzerland, Europe, " the old world".
    I am a swiss citizen and have learned english at high school. I usually speak french.

  31. excellent !!!!!! cheers from France !!!!!

  32. LYRICS – The Crawdad Song

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    You get a line and I'll get a pole, honey

    You get a line and I'll get a pole, babe

    You get a line and I'll get a pole

    We'll go fishin' in the crawdad hole*

    Honey, baby mine

    Sell your crawdads three for a dime, honey

    Sell your crawdads three for a dime, babe

    Sell your crawdads three for a dime

    Your crawdads ain't good as mine

    Honey, baby mine

    Hurry up, you slept too late, honey

    Hurry up, you slept too late, babe

    Hurry up babe, you slept too late

    Crawdad man done passed your gate

    Honey, baby mine

    What are ya gonna do when the lake goes dry, honey?

    What are ya gonna do when the lake goes dry, babe?

    What are ya gonna do when the lake goes dry
    Sit on the bank, watch crawdads die?
    Honey, babe of mine

    I heard the duck say to the drake, honey

    Heard the duck say to the drake, babe

    Heard the duck say to the drake

    There ain't no crawdads in this lake

    Honey, babe of mine

    So you get a line and I'll get a pole, honey

    You get a line and I'll get a pole, babe

    You get a line and I'll get a pole

    We'll go fishin' in the crawdad hole, honey

    Baby honey, baby honey

    Babe of mine

    * Crawdad = US slang for a freshwater crayfish, like a little lobster. They're also known as mud bugs as they dig holes in the mud near lakes and streams.
    Photo: Crawdad hole https://www.instagram.com/p/CAu39OYBkqv

    Turn on captions to see the lyrics on screen
    Album: Their upcoming album!

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