Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs - Ballad Of Jed Clampett

Ballad Of Jed Clampett

Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs performs "Ballad Of Jed Clampett " on The Jimmy Dean Show

"The Ballad of Jed Clampett" was the theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies TV show and movie, providing the back story for the series. The song was written and composed by Paul Henning, and sung by Jerry Scoggins, who was accompanied by bluegrass musicians Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. When the theme was released as a single, Flatt sang lead vocals instead.

Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs - Ballad Of Jed Clampett Lyrics

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?)

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