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Cumberland Gap

Lay down, boys, and take a little nap
We're all going down to Cumberland Gap

Refrain:Cumberland Gap, Cumberland Gap
We're all going down to Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap's a devil of a place
Couldn't find water to wash my face...

Pretty little girl if you don't care
I'll leave my demijohn a sittin' right there...

If it ain't here when I get back
I'll raise hell in Cumberland Gap...

Me an' my wife an' my wife's pap
Walked all the way from Cumberland Gap...

Lay down, boys, and take a little nap
Snow knee-deep in Cumberland Gap...

Cumberland Gap ain't my home
I'm going to leave Cumberland alone...

Lay down, boys, and take a little rest
We'll all wake up in a whippoorwill's nest...

Save up some money and buy me a farm
Raise sweet 'taters as long as your arm...


A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear. http://ToneWay.com