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Lighter Origins: Spanish Lady (19) RE: Origins: Spanish Lady 03 Aug 21

"Bud"is a common nickname and term of address. Same as "buddy." Gaelic has nothing to do with it.

"The song comes from experiences with the infamous Chief Transfer Agent for the Texas prison system, 'Uncle Bud' Russell, whose dreaded wagon, 'Black Betty,' was possibly the reference for a work song immortalized by Lead belly, no stranger to Texas prisons (Russell also gets a name-check in Lead Belly’s 'Midnight Special')."

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