Cowboys’ Gettin’-Up Holler


(American folk song)

Wake up, Jacob, day’s a-breakin’,
Fryin’ pan’s on and hoecake* bakin’.

Bacon in the pan, coffee in the pot,
Get up now and get it while it’s hot.

*A hoecake is made of cornmeal, originally baked on the blade of a hoe, similar to a pancake. (source)
Optional: Students could sing “pancake” instead of “hoecake” if they are not familiar with that word.

Recorder Notes D, E, G, A, B, D’

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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