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Jul 15, 2020 - 10:51:47 AM
11 posts since 2/11/2020

Hey guys(and gals), I just learned a new tune called "Cripple Creek" on the ol' frying pan. I found out that there are words to the song too and looking upon the many versions on the internet I thought to myself how cool the folk process is. Since apparently everyone knows this tune, I wanted to reach out and ask if anybody had a preferred lyric or a made up lyric for this song; just to get a feel of diversity for the sake of it. And if you've made up a different way of playing it, that'd be cool to see too.

- Juan

Jul 15, 2020 - 11:00:44 AM

131 posts since 6/12/2012

When my friends and I play this at senior centers and rest homes we play it as an instrumental stopping after each part to crack a joke, then playing the next part, stop to tell a joke.
This is reminiscent of the way it was often played on the Hee Haw Show. The jokes are usually clean corny one liners.

Jul 15, 2020 - 11:19:14 AM
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janolov

Sweden

40558 posts since 3/7/2006

I think there are a lot of different lyric versions to Cripple Creek. There may be some original lyrics from the beginning, but most musicians add there own favorites.

This is an example of lyrics:

I got a girl and she loves me
She's as sweet as sweet can be
She's got eyes of baby blue
Makes my gun shoot straight and true

Going up Cripple Creek going in a run
Going up Cripple Creek to have some fun

Cripple Creek's wide and Cripple Creek's deep
I'll wade ole Cripple Creek before I sleep
Roll my breeches to my knees
I'll wade ole Cripple Creek when I please

* Refrain

I went down to Cripple Creek
To see what them girls had to eat
I got drunk and fell against the wall
Ole corn likker was the cause of it all

* Refrain

Alternate Refrain:
Goin' up cripple creek, goin' in a whirl,
Goin' up cripple creek, see my girl

Jul 15, 2020 - 11:20:04 AM
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blazo

USA

220 posts since 5/16/2017

youtube.com/watch?v=EisXJSsULGM ... oh, er, ah, wait, I think you mean a different Cripple Creek.

Jul 15, 2020 - 11:25:38 AM
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janolov

Sweden

40558 posts since 3/7/2006

And here is another
Hey, I got a gal,
At the head of the creek,
An' I'm goin' up t' see her,
'Bout three times a week.

Kisses on the mouth,
Jus' as sweet as any wine,
Wrap myself aroun' her,
Like a sweet potato vine.

chorus:
Goin' up Cripple Creek,
Goin' on a run,
Goin' up Cripple Creek,
T' have some fun.

Goin' up Cripple Creek,
Goin' in a whirl,
Goin' up Cripple Creek,
T' see my girl.

I got a gal,
An' she loves me,
She's as sweet
As she can be.

She's got eyes,
Of baby blue,
An' her love,
Fer me is true.

chorus:

Now the girls up Cripple Creek,
'Bout half grown,
Jump on a boy,
Like a dog on a bone.

Roll my britches,
Up to my knees,
An' wade ol' Cripple Creek,
When I please.

chorus:

Cripple Creek's wide,
An' Cripple Creek's deep,
Gonna wade ol' Cripple Creek,
'Fore I sleep.

Hills are steep,
An' the road is muddy,
An' I'm so drunk,
I can't stan' steady.

chorus:
Cripple Creek's wide,
An' Cripple Creek's deep,
Gonna wade ol' Cripple Creek,
'Fore I sleep.

Roll my britches,
To my knees,
'An wade ol' Cripple Creek,
When I please.

chorus:

Drive in a buggy,
That's for me,
Watch the wheels roll,
Merrily.

Through the mud.
An' over the stones,
Buckin' horses,
Break good bones.

chorus:

I went down,
To Cripple Creek,
To see what them gals,
Had to eat.

Got so drunk,
I fell against the wall,
Ol' corn likker,
Was the cause of it all.

chorus

I went down,
To Cripple Creek,
To see what them gals,
Had to eat.
What they cooked,
I couldn't eat at all,
Harder than,
A brick in the wall.

chorus:

Jul 15, 2020 - 12:27:06 PM

lucas73b

Netherlands

89 posts since 3/8/2006

When I started out playing the banjo in the seventies, Cripple Creek was the very first tune I could play. I learned it from a banjo/fiddle duo who called themselves Old Scratch and were touring the Netherlands at the time.
The lyrics I learned were fully identical to Jan Olov's second version above, so they must have come from the same source. I guess lots of other versions do exist.

Jul 15, 2020 - 1:03:19 PM

conic

England

794 posts since 2/15/2014

These are great verses, I only heardthem on one video though at 1:45. & 2:45

https://youtu.be/i1CzMgGs_Lk?t=102

 

 

Well I got a girl and a hound-dog too,

And  the  girl don't love me but the hound-dog do;

kiss that girl on the side of the head,

If she don’t  like biscuits feed her corn bread

And

 

Some folks say that love aint real,

what's this crazy thing I feel,

like a lizard running up my spine,

going crazy through  my mind

 

Jul 15, 2020 - 1:46:58 PM

975 posts since 1/9/2012

I first learned it from a Buffy Sainte-Marie record. She accompanies herself on mouth bow, played it on Sesame Street, and performs it to this day. It looks like she learned the lyrics in Sweden. ;)

Jul 19, 2020 - 1:57:51 PM

JSB88

UK

138 posts since 3/9/2017

I assumed it had something to do with the miners strike. Seems not

Jul 19, 2020 - 2:03:06 PM
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Eric A

USA

701 posts since 10/15/2019
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I think it's good to get lyrics for all fiddle tunes. No matter how gibberish they are, they give you a much better feel for what the melody really is. Far better than any fiddle lead.

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