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Cotton Eyed Joe

Way down yonder a long time ago
Daddy had a man called 4 Cotton-Eyed 1 Joe

Where did you come from, Where did you go
Where did you come from, 4 Cotton-Eyed 1 Joe

Made him a fiddle and made him a bow
And they made a little tune called "Cotton-Eyed Joe."

Would have been married long time ago
Hadn't a been for Cotton-Eyed Joe

I fell down and stubbed my toe
Call for the doctor, Cotton-Eyed Joe

Fourteen feet of ice and snow
The roof caved in on Cotton-Eyed Joe

Chicken in the bread pan peckin' out the dough
Grannie will your dog bite? No, child, no

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Available in these books:

Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
Featuring large-print lyrics (20-point type) and chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

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.