Cripple Creek

Lyrics

(Folk song)

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

  • 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.

Another version

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

YouTube

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