Camptown Races
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Camptown races
(Stephen Foster)

De Campptown ladies sing this somg,
Doo-da, Doo-da
De Camptown racetrack's two miles long
Oh, de doo-da day

Cho: Gwine to run all night
Gwine to run all day
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag
Somebody bet on the gray.

Oh, de long tailed filly and de big black horse,
Doo-da, doo-da@00-da,
Come to a mud hole and dey all cut across,
Oh, de doo-da day.

I wnt down South with my hat caved in,
I came back North with a pocket full of tin.

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Much funnier in Blazing Saddles!


@Lancastrian83 The film was Swanee River and apart from a cameo appearance it was Jolson's last film role before he appeared as himself in the George Gershwin biopic. Ethiopia was called Abyssinia at one point in its history but I think (not sure) that at the time of the Christie Minstrels it was known as Ethiopia


Great stuff and cheerful, I love the facial expressions.

stephen wallin

It was quite common in both the the US and UK stage Music Hall to refer to all North Africans as Ethiopians, separating them from the then country of Abyssinia. Terms have changed completely now, many Minstrel Shows were billed this way to sound more serious than the the other more derogatory descriptions so objected too these days.


@Lancastrian83 Larry Parks played Jolson in both biographical films but for just one scene Jolson took over and performed the song Swanee in a long shot on the runway.


great song of stephen foster sung by al jolson, and i also like the tap dance


I eat Mr. Foster's songs for lunch.

Dave Rr

Definitely the BEST performer of all time


This song is so funny!

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