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Thread #113496   Message #3280352
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
26-Dec-11 - 08:38 PM
Thread Name: When I was a little bitty baby (Cotton Fields)
Subject: Lyr. Add: COTTON FIELDS (Lead Belly)
Lyr. Add: COTTON FIELDS
Attrib. to Huddie Ledbetter- Lead Belly

When I was a little bitty baby
My mama would rock me in my cradle (*my mother rocked me...)
In them old cotton fields back home.

It was down in Louisiana
About a mile from Texarkana
In them old cotton fields back home.

It may sound a little funny
But you didn't make much money
In them old cotton fields back home
(repeat verse)

Chorus-
Oh when those cotton balls get rotten
You can't pick very much cotton
In them old cotton fields back home

It was down in Louisiana
Just a mile from Texarkana
In them old cotton fields back home.

I was over in Arkansas
People ask me what you come here for
In them old cotton fields back home.
(repeat verse)

Sony/ATV Music Pub.

First recorded by Lead Belly in 1940, and much covered in the 1950s. I haven't seen the original lyrics to the 1940 recording. Lead Belly seems to have varied it a bit in his concerts. If anyone has that recording, please correct.

I couldn't find correct lyrics in the DT; they may be in one of the threads on Lead Belly.