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Thread #113496   Message #2414129
Posted By: GUEST,crazy little woman
14-Aug-08 - 07:30 PM
Thread Name: When I was a little bitty baby (Cotton Fields)
Subject: RE: When I was a little bitty baby
Little Robyn says she didn't like the rotten cotton song, and I have to admit it's hardly and appetizing verse. How about

Oh, when that cotton crop gets boughten
you can sell oodles of cotton
in them old cotton fields back home...

There, I've given the world a splendid new verse. Now somebody else come along and use 'gotten' and 'forgotten.' Always remembering that Americans tend to retain archaic language forms such as the -en in gotten more than other dialect groups do.

I remember my little nephew (age 4) going though a period when he spoke of 'cutten-down trees.' If we can have broken-down cars and well-spoken people, why not cutten-down trees? And of course, boughten cotton.