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Meaning and origin. The origin and meaning of the lyrics are subject to debate. Historically, the "Black Betty" of the title may refer to the nickname given to a number of objects: a musket, a bottle of whiskey, a whip, or a penitentiary transfer wagon.. Some sources [citation needed] claim the song is derived from an 18th-century marching cadence about a flint-lock musket with a black painted. Reply

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