Cotton Fields Back Home

DESCRIPTION: "When I was a little bitty baby My mama would rock me in the cradle In them cotton fields back home." "Oh when them cotton bolls get rotten, you can't pick very much cotton." Tales of cotton-picking
AUTHOR: Huddie Leadbetter (Lead Belly)
EARLIEST DATE: 1940 (recorded by Lead Belly)
KEYWORDS: worker nonballad
FOUND IN: US Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
DT, COTTNFLD
ADDITIONAL: Moses Asch and Alan Lomax, Editors, _The Leadbelly Songbook_, Oak, 1962, p. 39, "Cotton Fields" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #11662
NOTES [32 words]: There isn't much evidence that this song became traditional, but Cox-Newfoundland, p. 185, says that Harry Mercer of Newfoundland knew it and sang it, so I put it in here very tentatively. - RBW
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File: DTcottnf

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