"Cotton Eye Joe" as written by Jan M. Eriksson, Orjan Kjell Anders Oberg and Patrick Edenberg....
If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I'd been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I'd been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I'd been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I'd been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

He came to town like a midwinter storm
He rode through the fields, so handsome and strong
His eyes was his tools and his smile was his gun
But all he had come for was having some fun

If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I'd been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I'd been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

He brought disaster wherever he went
The hearts of the girls was to Hell, broken, sent
They all ran away so nobody would know
And left only men 'cause of Cotton-Eye Joe

If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I'd been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I'd been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I'd been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I'd been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I'd been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?


Lyrics submitted by stargazer00

"Cotton-Eye Joe" as written by Orjan Kjell Anders Oberg Jan M. Eriksson

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song was on the VH1 countdown for worst ever songs, and rightfully so.
    Thunderbolton January 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdoes it really matter if its heroine or alchol? its still the same point: Don't do drugs/alchol.

    BTW. I personally think its alcohol, because men and women binge drink seperately, whereas they do drugs together.
    DJB13on September 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCotton Eye Joe is an American folk tune dating back to the 19th century. The chorus in this song is all that's lifted from the traditional version, though. The Rednex added new lyrics to explain why Cotton Eye Joe prevented the singer from being married, as it was never explained in the original.

    This song is viciously maligned by critics, but I love it. As someone who has a deep affection for old school American folk, I realize I'm not supposed to, but I don't care.

    A site that talks a lot about the history of this song:

    themediadesk.com/newfiles2/…
    bokononiston February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfreaken aye. i thought this was primus, it sounds like les claypool singing. hell, it could be. i dont know
    blind_rockstaron August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwoah i never knew the words to this song what a man ho!
    xmaganzxon September 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was on Beavis and Butthead 10 minutes ago.
    Razormasticatoron June 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'll bet this song is about alcohol
    Kyosanshugion October 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheroine
    MardyAsson November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow do u think its about heroine or alcohal?? im just wondering, maybe im not understanding the lyrics right. lol

    but its an awesome song! lmao i love just dancing around my room to it. hahaha...when noones home of course
    poetic__tragedyon August 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! I can't stop listening to it! And I take this song in literaly sense.
    Shadow_Kyubion January 26, 2006   Link

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