And I holler why, and I holler why
And I holler why, the tortoise boy no mon ami
First he give me one, then he give me two
And he give me three and I holler "Lord have mercy"
First we go in a room, make me mama no know
Make me lie on a sofa, make me have-a me labor
Give me back me shillin', give me back me shillin'
You can stand on your own feet now, give me back me shillin'
Hold me tight, hold me tight, danger waters coming baby hold me tight
hold me tight, hold me tight, danger water coming, baby, hold me