Cotton Eye Joe

Album: Sex & Violins (1994)
Charted: 1 25
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  • 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. "If it hadn't been for Cotton Eye Joe, I'd been married a long time ago," the guy says in the first line. >>
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    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 John Travolta movie Urban Cowboy renewed interest in this song. In the film, it was performed 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.
  • Rednex soldiered on, releasing more material in the hillbilly parody vein and playing up that image with their costumes. In 2002, they released a remix of "Cotton Eye Joe" along with a new video directed by Patric Ullaeus, whose specialty is metal bands. This updated video looks like something between a hoedown and a cage fight.
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Comments: 8

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaWhen I used to square dance we would do this song sometimes, it was fun.
  • Elizabeth from Anytown, Ilacctually there all the same people... i looked up some pics of there group and the one woman jst changed her hair color thats all :D
  • Elizabeth from Anytown, Ilandy, same here...
  • Zhivko from Bourgas, Bulgaria@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.
  • Andy from Glen Burnie, Mdhow many Rednex groups are there? this ain't the video *I* saw...
  • Krista from Carbondale, PaThis song is so ridiculous, but it's perfect for prom's! I learned the dance at my prom and it was fun!!
  • Eric from Bend, OrThe lyrics make me laugh (in a good way). I like this song's beat, too.
  • Josh from TorontoAwesome song :D
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