Jim Stafford - Spiders & Snakes

Spiders & Snakes

"Spiders & Snakes" is a 1974 hit song recorded by Jim Stafford and written by Stafford and David Bellamy. It was the second of four U.S. Top 40 singles released from his eponymous debut album and also the highest-charting.


The song is about a boy who, although he is shy, has a girl who likes him named Mary Lou. He makes faltering attempts to respond to her when they are alone, which finally include trying to give her a frog. She promptly protests and summarily rebuffs him. Still in school, they later develop a more mature relationship with the boy as the initiator instead of Mary Lou, but when they are once again alone she nonetheless feels the need to remind him, still nervous, that she does "not" like spiders and snakes, or any other such similar creatures, and that it takes something else to satisfy her loving desires.


"Spiders and Snakes" was one of the top hits of 1974, spending one week at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. In Canada, the song reached number one.The song spent five and a half months on the US charts, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA on March 8, 1974


Jim Stafford - Spiders & Snakes lyrics


I remember when Mary Lou said

'You want to walk me home from school'

And I said, 'Yes, I do'

She said, 'I don't have to go right home

And I'm the kind that likes to be alone

As long as you would'

I said, 'Me, too'

And so we took a stroll

Wound up down by the swimmin' hole

And she said, 'Do what you want to do'

I got silly and I found a frog

In the water by a hollow log

And I shook it at her

And I said 'This frog's for you'

She said

'I don't like spiders and snakes

And that ain't what it takes to love me

You fool, you fool

I don't like spiders and snakes

And that ain't what it takes to love me

Like I want to be loved by you'

Well, I think of that girl from time to time

I call her up when I got a dime

I say, "Hello, baby'

She says, 'Ain't you cool'

I say, 'Do you remember when?

And would you like to get together again?'

She says, 'I'll see you after school'

I was shy and so for a while

Most of my love was touch and smile

'Til she said, 'Come on over here'

I was nervous as you might guess

Still looking for somethin' to slip down her dress

And she said, 'Let's make it perfectly clear'

She said

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