Difference between revisions of "Camptown Races"

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Gwine to run all night!<br>Gwine to run all day!<br>I’ll bet my money on de bob-tail nag—<br>Somebody bet on de bay.  
 
Gwine to run all night!<br>Gwine to run all day!<br>I’ll bet my money on de bob-tail nag—<br>Somebody bet on de bay.  
  
De long tail filly and de big black hoss—Doo-dah! doo-dah!<br>Dey fly de track and dey both cut across—Oh! doo-dah-day!<br>De blind hoss sticken in a big mud hole—Doo-dah! doo-dah!<br>Can’t touch bottom wid a ten-foot pole—Oh! doo-dah-day!  
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De long tail filly and de big black hoss—Doo-dah! doo-dah!<br>Dey fly de track and dey both cut across—Oh! doo-dah-day!<br>De blind hoss sticken in a big mud hole—Doo-dah! doo-dah!<br>Can’t touch bottom wid a ten foot pole—Oh! doo-dah-day!  
  
 
Gwine to run all night!<br>Gwine to run all day!<br>I’ll bet my money on de bob-tail nag—<br>Somebody bet on de bay.  
 
Gwine to run all night!<br>Gwine to run all day!<br>I’ll bet my money on de bob-tail nag—<br>Somebody bet on de bay.  

Latest revision as of 21:04, 25 May 2017

"Camptown Races", also called "Gwine to Run All Night"[1] is an American popular song by Stephen Foster, written in the 19th century.[2] It is a minstrel song, and many have accused it of being racist and mocking the accent of the Southern black.[3] It is true that in the lyrics, there is spelling mimicking the pronunciation of a southern black, but this was common in songs of the time which were meant to be sung by men in blackface.[3] The song itself is about gambling on a horse race.

Lyrics

The original lyrics are as follows:[1]

De Camptown ladies sing dis song—Doo-dah! doo-dah!
De Camp-town race-track five miles long—Oh! doo-dah day!
I come down dah wid my hat caved in—Doo-dah! doo-dah!
I go back home wid a pocket full of tin—Oh! doo-dah day!

Gwine to run all night!
Gwine to run all day!
I’ll bet my money on de bob-tail nag—
Somebody bet on de bay.

De long tail filly and de big black hoss—Doo-dah! doo-dah!
Dey fly de track and dey both cut across—Oh! doo-dah-day!
De blind hoss sticken in a big mud hole—Doo-dah! doo-dah!
Can’t touch bottom wid a ten foot pole—Oh! doo-dah-day!

Gwine to run all night!
Gwine to run all day!
I’ll bet my money on de bob-tail nag—
Somebody bet on de bay.

Old muley cow come on to de track—Doo-dah! doo-dah!
De bob-tail fling her ober his back—Oh! doo-dah-day!
Den fly along like a rail-road car—Doo-dah! doo-dah!
Runnin’ a race wid a shootin’ star—Oh! doo-dah-day!

Gwine to run all night!
Gwine to run all day!
I’ll bet my money on de bob-tail nag—
Somebody bet on de bay.

See dem flyin’ on a ten-mile heat—Doo-dah doo-dah!
Round de race track, den repeat—Oh! doo-dah-day!
I win my money on de bob-tail nag—Doo-dah! doo-dah!
I keep my money in an old tow-bag—Oh! doo-dah-day!

Gwine to run all night!
Gwine to run all day!
I’ll bet my money on de bob-tail nag—
Somebody bet on de bay.

References

External links

  • Song arranged by Peter Adamson, on YouTube