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Cotton-Eyed Joe

American country folk song

This article is about the traditional country folk song. For the Rednex song, see Cotton Eye Joe (Rednex song).

Song

"Cotton-Eyed Joe" (also known as "Cotton-Eye Joe") is a traditional American country folk song popular at various times throughout the United States and Canada, although today it is most commonly associated with the American South. The song is also an Instrumental Banjo and FiddleBluegrass standard.

"Cotton-Eyed Joe" has inspired both a partner dance and more than one line dance that is often danced at country dance venues in the U.S. and around the world. The 1980 film Urban Cowboy sparked a renewed interest in the dance. In 1985, The Moody Brothers' version of the song received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Country Instrumental Performance". Irish group The Chieftains received a Grammy nomination for "Best Country Vocal Collaboration" for their version of the song with lead vocals by Ricky Skaggs on their 1992 album Another Country. In 1994 a version of the song recorded by the Swedish band Rednex as "Cotton Eye Joe" became popular worldwide.

History[edit]

19th century[edit]

The origins of this song are unclear, although it pre-dates the 1861–1865 American Civil War.[1] American folkloristDorothy Scarborough (1878–1935) noted in her 1925 book On the Trail of Negro Folk-songs, that several people remembered hearing the song before the war. Scarborough's account of the song came from her sister, Mrs. George Scarborough, who learned the song from "the Negroes on a plantation in Texas, and other parts from a man in Louisiana". The man in Louisiana knew the song from his earliest childhood and heard slaves singing it on plantations.[2] Both the dance and the song had many variants.[3]

A number of possible meanings of the term "cotton-eyed" have been proposed. The phrase may refer to: being drunk on moonshine, or having been blinded by drinking wood alcohol, turning the eyes milky white; a black person with very light blue eyes; someone whose eyes were milky white from bacterial infections of trachoma or syphilis, cataracts or glaucoma; or the contrast of dark skin tone around white eyeballs in black people. Another theory is that the phrase “cotton eyed” is the process of which a person is enucleated and the eyeball is replaced with a cotton ball due to lack of medical equipment and surgical professionals[4]

American publishing house Harper and Brothers published the first printed version of the song in 1882.[5] It was heard by author Louise Clarke Pyrnelle (born 1850) on the Alabama plantation of her father when she was a child.[6] That 1882 version was republished as follows in 1910:[7]

Cotton-eyed Joe, Cotton-eyed Joe,
What did make you sarve me so,
Fur ter take my gal erway fum me,
An' cyar her plum ter Tennessee?
Ef it hadn't ben fur Cotton-eyed Joe,
I'd er been married long ergo.

His eyes wuz crossed, an' his nose wuz flat,
An' his teef wuz out, but wat uv dat?
Fur he wuz tall, an' he wuz slim,
An' so my gal she follered him.
Ef it hadn't ben fur Cotton-eyed Joe,
I'd er been married long ergo.

No gal so hansum could be foun',
Not in all dis country roun',
Wid her kinky head, an' her eyes so bright,
Wid her lips so red an' her teef so white.
Ef it hadn't ben fur Cotton-eyed Joe,
I'd been married long ergo.

An' I loved dat gal wid all my heart,
An' she swo' fum me she'd never part;
But den wid Joe she runned away,
An' lef' me hyear fur ter weep all day.

O Cotton-eyed Joe, O Cotton-eyed Joe,
What did make you sarve me so?
O Joe, ef it hadn't er ben fur you,
I'd er married dat gal fur true.

By 1884, the same year Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, the fiddle-based song was referred to as "an old, familiar air".[8] In 1925, another version was recorded by folklorist Dorothy Scarborough and published.[9]

Don't you remember, don't you know,
Don't you remember Cotton-eyed Joe?
Cotton-eyed Joe, Cotton-eyed Joe,
What did make you treat me so?
I'd 'a' been married forty year ago
Ef it had n't a-been for Cotton-eyed Joe!

Cotton-eyed Joe, Cotton-eyed Joe,
He was de nig dat sarved me so, —
Tuck my gal away fum me,
Carried her off to Tennessee.
I'd 'a' been married forty year ago
If it had n't a-been for Cotton-eyed Joe.

Hi's teeth was out an' his nose was flat,
His eyes was crossed, — but she did n't mind dat.
Kase he was tall, and berry slim,
An' so my gal she follered him.
I'd 'a' been married forty year ago
Ef it had n't a-been for Cotton-eyed Joe.

She was de prettiest gal to be found
Anywhar in de country round;
Her lips was red an' her eyes was bright,
Her skin was black but her teeth was white.
I'd 'a' been married forty year ago
Ef it had n't a-been for Cotton-eyed Joe.

Dat gal, she sho' had all my love,
An swore fum ne she'd never move,
But Joe hoodooed her, don't you see,
An' she run off wid him to Tennessee,
I'd 'a' been married forty years ago,
Ef it hadn't a-been for Cotton-eyed Joe.

Scarborough noted that the song seemed to be well known in the South prior to the Civil War, and parts of it had been sent in by various persons.[9]

Over the years, many different versions of the song have been performed and/or recorded with many different versions of the lyrics (and many without lyrics). "Cotton-Eyed Joe", on occasion referred to as "The South Texas National Anthem", was played for minstrel-type jigs, and it has long been popular as a square dance hoedown and a couple dance polka.[10]

A resident of Central Texas who learned the dance in Williamson County in the early 1880s described it as nothing but a heel and toe "poker" with fringes added. These fringes added to the heel and toe polka were clog steps which required skill and extraversion on the part of the dancer.[11]

20th century[edit]

During the first half of the 20th century, the song was a widely known folk song all over English-speaking North America. One discography lists 134 recorded versions released since 1950.[12] In more recent decades, the song has waned in popularity in most regions except some parts of the American South, where it is still a popular folk song.[citation needed]

Bob Wills and Adolph Hofner and his San Antonians both recorded the song, and according to music historian Bill C. Malone, Hofner's 1941 version was the one that did the most to popularize the song.[13] A 1967 instrumental version of the song by Al Dean inspired a new round dance polka for couples.[10]

The dance remained popular in Texas in the 1970s.[14] A circle dance called "Cotton-Eyed Joe" can be found in the 1975 edition of Encyclopedia of Social Dance. The men stand on the inside of a circle facing out, and the women stand on the outside facing in; both circles follow a sequence of kick steps and struts.[15]

The spoke line version gained popularity not only in Texas, but also across the US and overseas.[clarification needed] in the 1980s.[10] A Western "craze" followed the 1980 release of Urban Cowboy.[citation needed] In Merle Haggard's "Texas Fiddle Song" (1981), the final verse makes reference to the "Cotton-Eyed Joe" and features the melody of both the Bob Wills and Al Dean versions.[citation needed] "Cotton-Eyed Joe" and its continued popularity in Texas, were referred to in the lyrics to Alabama's 1984 song "If You're Gonna Play in Texas".[citation needed]

Rednex version and other modern covers[edit]

Main article: Cotton Eye Joe (Rednex song)

In August 1994, Swedish Eurodance group Rednex covered the song as "Cotton Eye Joe" for their album Sex & Violins, combining their style with traditional American instruments, such as banjos,[16] and fiddles. In 2002, "Cotton Eye Joe" was remixed in a dance version, and was released from Rednex's greatest hits album, The Best of the West.

The Rednex version of the song (using "Eye" instead of "Eyed"), along with a dance-mix version, was very successful in Europe, where it remained at number one in Norway for 15 weeks, Switzerland for 13 weeks, Germany for 10 weeks, Sweden for 8 weeks, Austria for 7 weeks, 3 weeks on the UK Singles Chart and 2 weeks on the Dutch Top 40. In Oceania, it topped the New Zealand Singles Chart for 6 consecutive weeks. In Australia it peaked at number 8 in April 1995. In the US, it peaked at number 25 in March 1995.

The Country and Irish singer Lee Matthews released his version of the song with new added lyrics. The single on his own independent label topped the Irish Country Singles Download Chart in January 2015.[citation needed]

Virtual band Gummibär also covered the song in their album La La Love to Dance.

Select list of recorded versions[edit]

  • Fiddlin' John Carson (earliest known recording)
  • 1928: Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers, Columbia 15283D, 4/10/1928[17][18][19][20]
  • 1928: Pope's Arkansas Mountaineers, Victor 21469-A, recorded 2/6/28, Memphis, TN.
  • 1941: Burl Ives on the album, The Wayfaring Stranger
  • 1942: Adolph Hofner and his San Antonians, with J. R. Chatwell on fiddle
  • 1947: Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys[21]
  • 1959: Nina Simone on the album, Nina Simone at Town Hall
  • 1960: Walter Brennan
  • 1962: Karen Dalton on the album, Cotton Eyed Joe
  • 1968: Terry Callier on the album, The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier
  • 1976: Leona Williams on the album, San Quentin's First Lady
  • 1980: Johnny Gimble with Willie Nelson on the soundtrack album for the movie Honeysuckle Rose
  • 1985: Asleep at the Wheel on their self-titled album, Asleep at the Wheel
  • 1985: The Moody Brothers on their self-titled album, The Moody Brothers, Grammy-nominated
  • 1992: The Chieftains with Ricky Skaggs on the album, Another Country, Grammy-nominated
  • 1994: Black Lace, released under the song title, Bullshit
  • 1994: Rednex on the album, Sex & Violins
  • 2003: Vanessa-Mae on the album, The Ultimate Vanessa-Mae
  • 2004: The Ebony Hillbillies on the album, Sabrina's Holiday
  • 2010: Josh Rouse on the album, "El Turista"
  • 2010: Hot Club of Cowtown
  • 2014: Lee Matthews, Country and Irish singer, produced a version that topped the Irish Country Singles chart.
  • 2016: The Sweeplings on the album, Covers, Ch. 1[22]
  • 2017: Daniel Radcliffe, Andy Hull, and Robert McDowell, for the film Swiss Army Man

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^Everett, Holly: "The Many Lives of ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’", Canadian Society for Traditional Music Conference, 2002, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland.
  2. ^Scarborough, Dorothy; Ola Lee Gulledge (1925). On the Trail of Negro Folk-songs. Harvard University Press. p. 289. ISBN . Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  3. ^Lloyd Shaw, The Round Dance Book, The Caxton Printers, Ltd, 1948, p. 314. No ISBN or catalogue number.
  4. ^"Information at The Fiddler's Companion". Ibiblio.org. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  5. ^Mary Ellen Snodgrass (8 August 2016). The Encyclopedia of World Folk Dance. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 68. ISBN .
  6. ^Pyrnelle, Louise Clarke (1910). Diddie, shoots, and Tot: or, Plantation child-life. Harper and Brothers. p. vi. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  7. ^Pyrnelle, Louise Clarke (1910). Diddie, Dumps, and Tot: or, Plantation child-life. Harper and Brothers. pp. 135–36. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  8. ^Brotherhood of locomotive firemen and enginemen's magazine. 8. Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. 1884. p. 534. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  9. ^ abDorothy Scarborough, assisted By Ola Lee Quiledge (1925). "On The Trail of Negro Folk-Songs-online book. A collection of negro folk songs with lyrics, sheet music & commentaries". Traditionalmusic.co.uk. pp. 69–70. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  10. ^ abcDance Across Texas Betty Casey, University of Texas Press, 1985, p. 17. ISBN 0-292-71540-4
  11. ^Harris, Pittman, Waller, Dance a While. Handbook of Folk, Square, and Social Dancing. 1950, 1955, 1964, 1968. Burgess Publishing Company, Fourth Edition, p. 151.
  12. ^"Grateful Dead Family Discography:Cotton-Eyed Joe". Deaddisc.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  13. ^Bill C. Malone, Don't Get above Your Raisin′, University of Illinois Press, 2001, p. 313. ISBN 0-252-02678-0
  14. ^"Honky Tonks, Hymns, & the Blues". Honkytonks.org. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  15. ^Albert and Josephine Bulter, Encyclopedia of Social Dance, New York: Albert Bulter Ballroom Dance Service. New York, New York, 1975.
  16. ^"Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex". tralala.gr. Archived from the original on 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  17. ^"COLUMBIA 78rpm numerical listing discography: 15000D series". 78discography.com.
  18. ^The Journal of American Folk-lore. American Folk-lore Society. 1965.
  19. ^Dean Tudor (1983). Popular Music: An Annotated Guide to Recordings. Libraries Unlimited. ISBN .
  20. ^Charles K. Wolfe (March 1997). The devil's box: masters of southern fiddling. Country Music Foundation Press. ISBN .
  21. ^"Fiddlesessions.com". fiddlesessions.com.
  22. ^Covers, Ch. 1, 2016-07-29, retrieved 2018-08-30

External links[edit]

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Rednex - Cotton Eye Joe Lyrics


If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?

If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?

If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?

If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?

He came to town like a midwinter storm
He rode through the fields so handsome and strong
His eyes was his tools and his smile was his gun
But all he had come for was having some fun

If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?

If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?

He brought disaster wherever he went
The hearts of the girls was to hell broken sent
They all ran away so nobody would know
And left only men cause of cotton-eyed Joe

If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?

If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?

If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?

If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?

If it hadn't been for cotton-eyed Joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?



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The Long History Behind the Song "Cotton Eye Joe"

When the time came to pick a theme song for their feature debut, the much-discussed Swiss Army Man, starring Daniel Radcliffe, filmmakers Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan had a novel idea. “Hey, what if the whole movie was just scored by the worst song?” Scheinert told Inverse, recalling the conversation that naturally led them to "Cotton Eye Joe."

For those who don’t remember 1995, "Cotton Eye Joe" was a massive hit for Rednex—a group of Swedish techno musicians playing dress-up in straw hats and dirty overalls. The bizarre, fiddle-fueled novelty was actually a reworking of an old American folk song, and thanks to its undeniable catchiness, it do-si-doed all the way to No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Outside of sporting events, the Rednex tune is rarely heard these days, but there’s one line burned into everyone’s brains: "Where did you come from, Cotton Eye Joe?" Those words also appear in the haunting version that indie rockers Manchester Orchestra recorded for Swiss Army Man. With respect to the song itself (often titled "Cotton-Eyed Joe"), "Where did you come from?" is a fascinating question. As with many American folk tunes, the author and origins are unknown, yet there’s a lot historians do know about this enduring ditty.

The first known published version appeared in Alabama writer Louise Clarke Pyrnelle’s 1882 novel Diddie, Dumps, and Tot, or Plantation Child-Life, a nostalgic look at the antebellum South. Drawing heavily on her own childhood experiences on her father’s plantation, the novel gives credence to what most experts now hold as fact: "Cotton-Eyed Joe" originated with black slaves well before the Civil War. Pyrnelle’s version describes the titular character as an ugly man ("His eyes wuz crossed, an' his nose wuz flat / An' his teef wuz out, but wat uv dat?") who swoops into town and steals the narrator’s sweetheart.

"Ef it hadn't ben fur Cotton-eyed Joe," the jilted narrator sings, "I'd er ben married long ergo." That basic plot line—boy loses girl to mysterious charmer—drives most iterations of "Cotton-Eyed Joe," including the one Texas-born "song catcher" Dorothy Scarborough included in her 1925 book On the Trail of Negro Folk Songs. As Scarborough writes, she learned parts of the tune from "an old man in Louisiana," who picked it up from slaves on a plantation.

Three years earlier, in 1922, the noted black cultural historian and longtime Fisk University chemistry professor Thomas W. Talley shared a slightly different rendition in his book Negro Folk Rhymes. The son of former Mississippi slaves, Talley came across a version wherein "Cotton-Eyed Joe" isn’t just a person, but also a dance: "I'd a been dead some seben years ago / If I hadn't a danced dat Cotton Eyed Joe." The song ends by saying Joe has "been sol' down to Guinea Gall," which again implies he was a slave.

Regardless of where, exactly, the song was born, it spread quickly throughout the South, becoming a square-dance favorite. An 1875 issue of The Saturday Evening Post contains a story referencing the song, and in 1884, The Firemen’s Magazine dubbed the tune "an old, familiar air." The first 78 rpm recordings of "Cotton-Eyed Joe" began surfacing in 1927, when the string band Dykes Magic City Trio cut the earliest known version.

While the trio’s lively take contains the standard lover’s lament—"I'd a been married 40 years ago if it hadn't been for old Cotton-Eyed Joe"—it also borrows lines from "Old Dan Tucker," another folk classic with pre-Civil War roots.

Ol' Joe is nothing if not an adaptable character. Among the stories collected in Talley's posthumous 1993 book, The Negro Traditions, is "Cotton-Eyed Joe, or the Origin of the Weeping Willow." Here, Joe is a fiddler whose instrument was made from his dead son’s coffin. Generally, Joe is a villain, but legendary soul-jazz songstress Nina Simone doesn’t sound mad at the guy in her 1959 live version. Simone sings her gorgeous ballad from the perspective of a woman who loved Joe long ago and is now ready to marry another man. "I come for to show you my diamond ring," she sings—maybe out of spite, though her plaintive delivery suggests she still has feelings for the troublemaker.

One of the biggest mysteries of the song is what is meant by "cotton-eyed." As per the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, the term describes "prominent whites of the eyes." Others believe old Joe was wasted on moonshine, blind from drinking wood alcohol, or suffering from a medical condition like trachoma, cataracts, glaucoma, or even syphilis. (Urban legend holds that "Cotton-Eyed Joe" is really about STDs in general, though there’s little evidence to support this theory.)

According to one online archive, there have been more than 130 recorded versions since 1950. It’s safe to say none are as cloying or culturally insensitive as the Rednex bastardization, but say this for the knee-slapping Swedes: They got the basic details right. American folk music is a democratic art form. Where "Cotton-Eyed Joe" goes now is completely up to the next person who feels like singing it.

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