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Camptown Races

[ Roud 11768 ; Ballad Index RJ19039 ; Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864)]

This is a “live cut” during the warm-up of the recording session of Steeleye Span's 1976 album Rocket Cottage with notes and laughter from the band; recorded by Mike Batt without them knowing. The track isn't mentioned in the record liner notes; but the LP definitely holds five tracks on side 2! On the CD, this is one track together with The Drunkard.

Lyrics

Intro. (Dulcimer) Woooh...

Camptown racetrack five miles long
Doo-dah doo-dah
The Camptown ladies sing this song
Doo-dah doo-dah day

Camptown racetrack five miles long
Doo-dah doo-dah
Camptown ladies sing this song
Doo-dah doo-dah day

Gwine to run all night
Gwine to run all day
I'll bet my money on the bob-tail nag
Somebody bet on the bay

I'm gwine to run all night
Oh, I'm gwine to run all day
I'll bet my money on the bob-tail nag
And somebody bet on the bay

Ending (Fiddle)

[Gwine= Goin']

Links

See also the Mudcat Café thread Help: Camptown Races (Stephen Foster) Background.