Camptown Ladies

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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.

Other songs of the same period include "Dixie" which is still popular in the south and "Old Kentucky Home" which is actually the state song of Kentucky.

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.

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Claiborne, Massachusetts

20 November 2014 at 3:42pm

Learned the un-sanitized version c. 1944; thanks for exploring those metaphors.

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Chloe, Canada

15 October 2014 at 9:12pm

I know this one! Kids' songs are best on BusSongs! This can be heard in Futurama.

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Daniel, Canada

18 June 2014 at 6:13am

I heard this in Futurama

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Nell, United States

26 December 2012 at 7:43pm

I heard this song on Hannah Montana hehee :3

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Ron, United States

15 October 2012 at 10:28pm

Doodaaarrrr Dooodaaarrrr! Blazing Saddles. Hilarious!

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Jeffrey, United States

13 August 2012 at 2:24am

Blazing Saddles features this song in a hilarious racist parody. That movie is great.

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Kila, Malaysia

10 March 2012 at 3:29am


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The Camptown Ladies, United States

22 February 2012 at 3:07pm

I do declare that us camptown ladies, did in fact not sing this song. Do Dah Do Dah. and the Camptown racetrack is not five miles long, it's 5.2 get your facts straight. And who the hell is Gwen?

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Mel, United States

13 December 2011 at 12:37am

First time I heard this song was on the movie Blazing Saddles. Love it!

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Sepehr Sabet, Iran, Islamic Republic Of

11 December 2011 at 12:00pm

very nice

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Salem, Bahamas

10 December 2011 at 3:01pm

i luv this song :)

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Charles, Canada

5 December 2011 at 3:37am

I had to look up these lyrics as I was repeating the refrain as Foghorn Leghorn does and couldn't remember how the rest of the song went. Actually first time I've seen all the lyrics, but I had heard the song in the past.

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Mahshid, Iran, Islamic Republic Of

3 October 2011 at 6:36pm

very good

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Ashley, United States

1 October 2011 at 5:30pm

one of the most hilarious songs! SOOOOO funny!

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Chris, Korea, Republic Of

13 July 2011 at 1:02pm

I heard this song before! xD

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Livvy, United Kingdom

4 January 2011 at 6:18pm

its very good and funny i love it when it goes de camp down ladies sing this song doo da doo da.hahaha its one of my favourite songs on hear.

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Abigail Age Eight, France Paris

17 August 2010 at 11:50am

i think this is an amerian song but i like this song

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Kelsey, Sherwood Oregon

27 March 2010 at 2:21am

this is lame

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Mollie, Shropshire

19 December 2009 at 3:20pm

I like this song, because its funny

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Jim, London Uk

8 December 2009 at 10:47am

Love this song so much

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