Information About Camptown Ladies
The song is also known as "Camptown Races" and was composed by Steven Foster in 1850.
Click here to see the "Man in Black" Johnny Cash himself sing Camptown Races.
There is a distinctive dance for the song was popularized by the film "Blazing Saddles" is exaggerated gallop and a slapping of the knee. The dancers can also travel in circles as if they are horses going around a track.
"Camptown Ladies" is sometimes a controversial song because of is origin as a song in American Minstrel Shows in the Antebellum South, comprised of white actors playing black people by applying black makeup.
The song is to all appearances about a horse race, but it is also an tale of a very long shot coming out on top: a broke down horse that wasn't supposed to win coming in first place and a very poor man walking away rich.
Most modern versions of the song sanitize the lyrics by making them proper English instead of the exaggerated dialect that they were originally written in, but these versions usually suffer from he lyrical pacing not harmonizing with the melody.