Cripple Creek

Lyrics

Cripple Creek’s wide, and Cripple Creek’s deep;
Gonna wade old Cripple Creek ‘fore I sleep.
Roll my britches up to my knees;
I’ll wade old Cripple Creek when I please.

Refrain
Goin’ up Cripple Creek, goin’ in a run.
Goin’ up Cripple Creek to have some fun.
Goin’ up Cripple Creek goin’ in a whirl.
Goin’ up Cripple Creek to see my girl.

Movement Ideas

  • Section A (first 8 ms)
  • Students stand and act out motions on the words:
  • Wide, deep, wade (stomp), sleep, roll, knees, wade, please (fold arms)
  • Section B (Refrain)
  • Facing partner, pat knees 3 times, then high 5 partner on beat 4 of each measure.

Original version

Cripple Creek ed

 

“Cripple Creek” is an Old Time Appalachian folk song for the fiddle, though it is often played on the banjo as well. It has become a standard among bluegrass musicians and is often one of the first songs a banjo picker learns. No one knows exactly when it was composed, but there are theories about just where Cripple Creek is. Some say it is Cripple Creek, Virginia, while others say it is based on Cripple Creek, Colorado during the gold rush. It was frequently recorded by early country musicians in the 1920s. (source)

Lyrics

1. I got a gal at the head of the creek,
Go up to see her ’bout the middle of the week.
Kiss her on the mouth just as sweet as wine.
Wraps herself around me like a sweet potato vine.

Refrain
Goin’ up Cripple Creek, goin’ in a run.
Goin’ up Cripple Creek to have some fun.
Goin’ up Cripple Creek goin’ in a whirl.
Goin’ up Cripple Creek to see my girl.

2. Girls on the Cripple Creek ’bout half grown,
Jump on a boy like a dog on a bone.
Roll my britches up to my knees,
I’ll wade old Cripple Creek when I please. Refrain

3. Cripple Creek’s wide, and Cripple Creek’s deep,
Gonna wade old Cripple Creek ‘fore I sleep.
Hills are steep and the road is muddy,
And I’m so drunk, I can’t stand steady. Refrain

Links

Below: Song pdf with chords, Steady Beat lesson & midi

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