"Cotton Jenny" as written by and Gordon Lightfoot....
There's a house on a hill
By a worn down weathered old mill
In the valley below where the river winds
There's no such thing as bad times
And a soft southern flame
Oh Cotton Jenny's her name
She wakes me up when the sun goes down
And the wheels of love go 'round
Wheels of love go 'round
Love go 'round, love go 'round
A joyful sound
I ain't got a penny for Cotton Jenny to spend
But then the wheels go 'round

When the new day begins
I go down to the cotton gin
And I make my time worth while to them
Then I climb back up again
And she waits by the door
Oh Cotton Jenny I'm sore
And she rubs my feet while the sun goes down
And the wheels of love go 'round

Wheels of love go 'round
Love go 'round, love go 'round
A joyful sound
I ain't got a penny for Cotton Jenny to spend
But then the wheels go 'round

In the hot, sickly south
When they say we'll shut my mouth
I can never be free from the cotton grind
But I know I got what's mine
With a soft southern flame
Oh Cotton Jenny's her name
She wakes me up when the sun goes down
And the wheels of love go 'round

Wheels of love go 'round
Love go 'round, love go 'round
A joyful sound
I ain't got a penny for Cotton Jenny to spend
But then the wheels go 'round
Wheels go 'round
'Round and 'round, hmm


Lyrics submitted by ButNeverOutgunned

"Cotton Jenny" as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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    My InterpretationI think it has something to do with slavers, or post slavery still in a state of no income for his work.. Like he works for the same family he rents from, and never actually deals with money.. Kinda breaks even. He can never be free because he can never save money. So, in a way they still own him. But what he has is Cotten Jenny and they cant take that away, because he is free and they cant just break and sell of families like they used to.
    MyThreeCentson December 12, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI always thought Cotton Jenny was either his wife or someone he danced with quite often. This song always kind of made me smile; he ain't got a penny for her to spend but they're still having fun.
    briguy27on November 02, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about sex.

    The "wheel of love" is a metaphor for it.
    Zorro3on April 17, 2011   Link

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