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Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex

Album: Sex & ViolinsReleased: 1994Charted:
  • In this song, the man "Cotton Eye Joe" is a hot potato who rides from town to town charming and manipulating all the woman, ruining them for the other guys. (thanks, Tyler - Phoenix, AZ)
  • This song originated in America in the 1800s, and is commonly associated with the American South. It became a popular song in country bars, as it was perfect for line-dancing. It's a traditional folk song, and many country artists recorded it.
  • The 1980 movie Urban Cowboy renewed interest in this song, as it was performed in the movie by Bayou City Beats, and the line dance was demonstrated.
  • Rednex is a group of Swedish producers who recorded this as a Dance song. They formed the group for the express purpose of releasing this song, the group name being a play on the word "Redneck," which is a term for an old-school southerner in America. When this song became a hit, performers were dispatched to act as the group and the album was released to capitalize on the success of the single.
  • This has become a staple of minor league baseball games, where it is often played between innings, often with fans or entertainers dancing to it, sometimes on top of the dugouts.
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Comments: 7

acctually there all the same people... i looked up some pics of there group and the one woman jst changed her hair color thats all :DElizabeth - Anytown, Il
andy, same here...Elizabeth - Anytown, Il
@Andy, Songfacts is trying to be always updated on the video content. While manually this ain't possible for our huge stack of songs and the non-stop changes on the videos by YouTube, our player searches the most requested video under the topic and loads it. This works well 99% of the times, but as you can see sometimes the video found as the best match is cover of the original song having better standing in YouTube charts.Zhivko - Bourgas, Bulgaria
how many Rednex groups are there? this ain't the video *I* saw...Andy - Glen Burnie, Md
This song is so ridiculous, but it's perfect for prom's! I learned the dance at my prom and it was fun!!Krista - Carbondale, Pa
The lyrics make me laugh (in a good way). I like this song's beat, too.Eric - Bend, Or
Awesome song :DJosh - Toronto