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Subject: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Mark D
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 05:16 AM

Does any-one the chords of Cotton eyed Joe, in the original way ofcourse. You would be a great help to me. markd@wish.net


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 06:17 AM

Hi, Mark. Welcome to the Mudcat.If you will go up to the top of this page, you will see a search box and alphabetical icons to choose from to search the DigiTrad database. If you choose tbe "C" and then GO, you canthen scroll down for the lyrics.

We had a huge discussion on this song, recently. Here is a link to the that thread. There are several versions of lyrics, but I can't remember if there are chords or not. If not, some one is bound to be able to help you.

Good luck,

katlaughing (also emailed reply)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Mark D
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 10:33 AM

I saw a movie once, called "Places in the heart" featuring Sally Field and Danny Glover. Lots of good and quite old bluegrass music in it. And there was a band playin' cotton-eyed Joe. I wish I recorded the movie, 'cos now I can't find the chords on the entire internet. I KNOW that I can find all kinds of lyrics everywhere, but those chords ... Guess I got to rent the movie, just to hear what they were playin'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 11:18 AM

Mark,

Its really just another 1-4-5 three chorder...just a lttle different on the progression. Play I-IV-I-V-I-IV, I-V-IV-I.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
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Date: 31 Oct 99 - 01:15 PM

Thanks for yer reply, Spaw.

Now, let us say that I wanna play Cotton Eyed Joe in G, then how am I gonna play that song ? I don't really understand yer message, Spaw, could ya be a lil' more specific ? I ain't much of a technician on the strings ya know.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Hutzul
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 01:48 PM

The movie "Places in the Heart" has a sound track album available. A good purchase. The label is Varese Sarabande and they have a wed site


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 01:56 PM

Sorry mark...I'm not much of a technician on this computer so I can't exactly put the chorsa neatly above the lyrics....Gotta' learn how to do that!!!

Anyway, what you want to know is how to interpret what I wrote, right? (No wrote...oh, wrote?...Right!)

The Base chord of the key is I, in your case C. The IV chord is the fourth, F, and the V chord is the fifth or G. If then, I were to say the second or II, that would be D. So if you want to play it in G, the I is G, the IV is C, and the V is D. Get it? Its just an easy way of listing a progression so you can play in any key you want.

Welcome to the Mudcat!!! There are a lot of past threads on everything from songs to playing guitar and other instruments to general BS on a variety of topics. At the top of the page is a block with a pull down menu to search the forum and other things. Hope you stick around with us. Ita a great place filled with fine folks and great music.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 02:16 PM

Geeziz....I gotta start prufreeding

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From:
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 02:21 PM

Say what ? If ya got health problems, check this site : www.healthcare.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 02:51 PM

I'm generally only reasonably doltish and stupid Anon, but SAY WHAT is right......What the hell are you talking about?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
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Date: 31 Oct 99 - 03:33 PM

Got them chords or what, I'm gettin' a lil' impatient. I need them chords, and I don't need anything else, so please send them and stop wastin' my time.

Thanx by da way. Again !


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 03:43 PM

It's a boring Sunday 'spaw, (the Bills are losin') and I think yer bein' had! C'mon anon. More! More! By the way, can I have the chords to William Tell Overture? And I mean Now! In Eb!

Orville Faubus


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 03:48 PM

Yeah Rick, the last post pretty well explained that. I'm watching a CART race....serious crash by Greg Moore....don't look good. So did Boots get the picture? And any name suggestions for Cleigh's little Sis?

Had a great time with El Swanno BTW.......Later

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Metchosin
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 11:42 PM

I was going to submit a few songs that were in my grandfathers repetoire, but after reviewing the debate on Cotton Eyed Joe as a racist song, I know that my submissions, would not get by without some comment. Pity though, as the songs were indicative of the language used at the time and I know as a small child, I just considered them romatic and they are a part of my family's history despite the fact that the songs are no longer PC. I'm inclined to agree with Dan Evergreen that songs depict history and some of it isn't always nice. Anyways, I had another reason for wanting to submit the songs, as my granfathers past is a bit of a mystery from the age of 15 to 30 and we'd like to know where in the states he might have been living and if it was possible to trace it through his music. Two of the songs are "Down in d' Canebrake" and "Nava Nava My Navajo". Anyone ever heard of them?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: _gargoyle
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 12:04 AM

Please post the lyrics

The critics are new-comers .... but they don't post lyrics. They are the first to criticize but the last to post lyrics.

I can understand your distress.....
For posting the Nurse's Lyrics from "Alice In Wonderland" I am labeled a child abuser! For requesting the tune and lyrics to Horst Wessel I am labeled a Nazi Sympathizer for frist doing it annonymously, I am a labeled a "coward."
My grandmother's "Pig Song" is called disgusting, and someting "they" would expect from my family.
Most of the "newbies" are more concerned about being "PC" (politically correct) rather than "HA" (Historically Accurate.)

On the left hand side of the OPENING page - http://www.mudcat.org you will find "mirrors" of the Digital Tradition - Susan and dick greenhouse are good people and you can get your lyrics directly to them, via the net or snail mail.....bypass the "mud-hole."

Avoid the "naturing nay-bobs of negativism" (Gerald Ford) and get your lyrics archieved.... it is a gift to future generations.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 12:31 AM

Howdy Garg. "nattering nabobs of negativism" was by that ol' wordsmith Spiro T Agnew. 'Fraid the only thing I can remember Gerald R Ford sayin' (besides "you're pardoned, Dick") was "the Warren commision found there was no cover-up"). Still think there was an extra bullet from the front, myself.

Metchosin, post your lyrics, and if there are comments that you don't care for, say "I disagree". As mudholes go, this is a damn good one.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Metchosin
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 12:47 AM

Hi Rick, I seem to have stuck a stick in a bit of a hornets nest here, I checked out Gargoyles posted messages. Anyways, I hope the site is as good as it seems to be, I hve really been excited about having found it. To put the lyrics on, do I just paste them on to the reply to thread? They are not what I consider offensive, they just use some historical language. Yeah and thats romantic not romatis, I'm prone to typos.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Metchosin
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 12:56 AM

Hi Rick, I seem to have stuck a stick in a bit of a hornets nest here, I checked out Gargoyles posted messages. Anyways, I hope the site is as good as it seems to be, I hve really been excited about having found it. To put the lyrics on, do I just paste them on to the reply to thread? They are not what I consider offensive, they just use some historical language. Yeah and thats romantic not romatis, I'm prone to typos.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 01:01 AM

Paste away Met. If you're new around here, there's a few things that might help. Don't worry about hornet's nests! We're humans and will react as such, positively or negatively. On occasion you'll say the wrong thing to someone who's havin' a bad day, and they'll let you know. Believe me, I have. Two days later you'll find yourself allied with them in some passionate debate about whether James Taylor can't write diddly! The ONLY times that folks get into trouble is when they've been deliberately rude or insulting. And even then, a simple apology works wonders. God knows, Catspaw's apologised 574 times, and we all love him. You might want to check out "New Mudcatters in the Last two months", and say hello. Oh, and don't worry about the "gang of twelve". Ol' Garg's got his numbers a bit skewed, it's more like the "gang of 200".

Welcome to the Cat.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 01:13 AM

Go ahead and post away there Met....I'm anxious to see the lyrics. Ain't nothin' but history and I don't recall anyone objecting to learning history thru song...very popular here as a matter of fact.

So paste and post....do it now!!! Nava Nava my Navajo huh...yeah, put that up right away.

have a nice day.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Metchosin
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 01:27 AM

Two of the songs, too bad I have now way of getting the melodies across.

Down in d' Canebrake

Down in d' canebrake Close by the mill There lives a colored girl Her name is Nancy Gill. I told her I loved her I loved her very long I'm gonna serenade her And this'll be my song: Chorus: Come my love come My boat lies low She lies high and dry On the O-hi-o, Come my love come Won't you come along with me? And I'll take you down to Tennessee

Down in d' canebrake Some happy day You'll hear the wedding bells A ringin' might gay There's gonna be a cabin And in a trundle bed There'll be a pickaninny And all because I said: Chorus Down in d' canebrake That's where I'll stay 'Long side my Nancy Gill Till we are laid away And when I get to heaven And Peter lets us in I'll start my wings a flappin' And sing to her again: Chorus Collected from songs sung by Charles Edward Prewett (ca 1920)

Nava Nava, My Navajo

Down on the sands of old New Mexico There dwelt and Indian maid One of the tribe they call the Navajo Face of a copper shade. And every night there came a coon Softly his love to plead her And under the silvery light of the moon He'd help her to string her beads And under a starry sky To her he'd softly cry: Chorus: Nava Nava my Navajo I have a love for you That will grow And if you'll have a Coon for a beau I'll have a Navajo.

Collected from the songs of Charles Edward Prewett.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Metchosin
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 01:34 AM

Must have done something wrong because they didn't come up in the form that I sent them. Oh well you'll get the drift. Any suggestions on what to do to solve this? I would really like to post two 1920/30's versions of Muleskinner Blues as well as a variant of Down by the Royal Albion.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From:
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 01:51 AM

It's really wonderful. After a whole night I still don't know shit ! Thanks for nothing everybody.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Metchosin
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 02:02 AM

If you're really patient I could sit down in the next few days and figure out the chords to a 1930's 78RPM version that I have, but I'm real slow and I'm sure there are others on this site that are much more competent. Failing that, I could make you a tape of the record. I don't know how to do MPEG's yet.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 10:14 AM

Hi anon. Keep blaming it on Catspaw. It's all his fault. If after another month you still "don't know shit", I think you'd better call a plumber.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 11:04 AM

Naw, Rick, no plumber, just flush and bye-bye, impatient and rude anon.

Met, thanks for posting. If you are new to the Mudcat, we are usually not this rude and most posters with questions are much more gracious about any response and show a little understanding that it may take a few days for someone who knows what they are asking for, to get in here with the answer.

With the kind of attitude this anon has shown, I wouldn't be bothered, even if I had the chords; I am sure some of those who do have them feel the same way.

kat


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 11:17 AM

Since Catspaw posted the chords, and even I (who don't play chords on anything) understood them, I took the comment about not knowing shit literally. We been able to help folks with a lot of problems and questions, but teaching someone to comprehend what they read is probably beyond our ability.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Metchosin
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 11:25 AM

Hi Kat, Yes as you may have gathered, I'm new. My first time in a chat forum too. Regarding sending lyrics to the site, does anyone know why they didn't come up in proper form when I pasted them on. I'd like to send the Muleskinner Blues ones too, as they are not on the DT as far as I can tell (they are variants of the lyrics done in the 60's by the Fendermen? but are both different melodies)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 11:29 AM

Hi, Met, I just sent you a personal message which explains lines breaks and a coouple of other things. If you don't get it for some reason, let me know. You can go to your Personal Page (at the top of any page, just click on those words) and view or send messages, as well as bookmark threads, etc.

Welcome to the Mudcat!

kat


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: _gargoyle
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 11:03 PM

Thank you VERY Much, Mechoshin, for taking a stand and not being bullied around.

The lyrics are quite interesting - a nice find.

The "digital tradition" is a "pun" upon the "oral traditon" the manner in which you first heard these lyrics as a child.....and inwhich songs were once passed through the generations.

Because of your courage, I am motivated to post some more songs publicly, rather than through the "back-door."


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: J. Davis
Date: 02 Nov 99 - 08:32 AM

Not used to this posting system. I posted this before but apparently it was to another thread.

Anyway, I read once upon a time that the music for "Cotton-Eyed Joe" is actually a Scottish piece named "General Burgoyne's March." Can anybody verify that? And are there Scottish lyrics to the music?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: GUEST,Texas Girl
Date: 06 Apr 06 - 12:58 AM

cotton eyed joe is not racist at all. It is old hoodoo negro music.
Slaves on plantations sang this song about a man who lost his girl
to a singing and dancing man who came to town with the traveling show and stole his girl friend away to Tennesse. The young man who lost his girl is a black man and the girl stole away is also black.
THe stolen girl is discribed in the song as Her lips are red and her eyes are bright Her skin is black and her teeth are white. Other versions discribe the singing and dancing fiddle playing fellow as a one that all the women want to go so they can dance to the Cotton Eyed Joe. As the slaves worked they sang. One row of cotton pickers would sing a line and then the next row would sing answering the first group. There were many versions to all the old cotton picking songs. It is a shame that such music is almost forgotten or shot down as racist because it is the soul and heart of the blues music.The song was sang by negros about negros.This song is part of our history. Most of our blues and country music has
it's beginnings in Negro Hoodoo and Spirt Music. Mojo Music.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: GUEST,Texas Girl
Date: 06 Apr 06 - 01:05 AM

HerDon'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
Ef it had n't a-been for Cotton-eyed Joe!

His 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 me 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 year ago
Ef it had n't a-been for Cotton-eyed Joe!
This is one version of cotton eyed joe from a Texas Plantation.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Arne
Date: 06 Apr 06 - 01:09 AM

Rick:

Howdy Garg. "nattering nabobs of negativism" was by that ol' wordsmith Spiro T Agnew.

Actually, while associated with The Other Criminal Veep Spiro, I think that actual credit needs to go to Republican flack, sometimes speech-writer for Nixon, (semi-competent) wordsmith, and alleged NY times "op-ed" columnist William Safire.

Cheers,


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: Arne
Date: 06 Apr 06 - 01:20 AM

Mark D:

Not sure there are fixed chords to CEJ. Once did a three (or was it four?) cut medley on the radio (WWUH West Hartford) of CEJ done by different people:   Mike Seeger (and the now unfortunately names "Agents of Terra), Tom Paxton, Michelle Shocked, and maybe one other, don't remember. All quite different (lyrics as well). Dunno if that helps you much....

Ummmm ... second thought, guess I should look atthe dates to the posts. As Emily Litella would say, "Nevermind...."

Cheers,


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Cotton eyed Joe
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 11:50 AM


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