Cotton-Eyed Joe    (1927)

Way back yonder a long time ago
Daddy had a man called Cotton-eyed Joe
Blew into town on a travelin' show
Nobody danced like the Cotton-eyed Joe.

CHORUS:
Cotton-eyed Joe, Cotton-eyed Joe
Where did you come from?
Where did you go?
Where did you come from?
Where did you go?
Where did you come from Cotton-eyed Joe?

Mama's at the window
Mama's at the door
She can't see nothin' but the Cotton-eyed Joe

Daddy held the fiddle,
Held the bow
He beat the hell out of Cotton-eyed Joe

Made himself a fiddle,
Made himself a bow
Made a little tune called the Cotton-eyed Joe

Hadn't oughta been
For Cotton-eyed Joe
I'da been married some forty years ago.

Whenever there's a dance
All the women want to go
And they all want to dance with Cotton-eyed Joe

Daddy won't say
But I think he know
Whatever happened to Cotton-eyed Joe

Lyrics by unknown.
Recorded by Bob Wills; Adolph Hofner and His San Antonians; many others.
Traditional American folk song that predates the American Civil War.

 

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