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Pick a Bale of Cotton

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About Pick a Bale of Cotton

During the time of slavery and beyond, work on the Southern plantation was often enlivened by the singing of work songs. Singing moved the work along faster and made the physical labor and drudgery a little easier to bear. A bale of cotton weighs 500 pounds, which is more than anyone could really pick in a single day.

Lyrics to Pick a Bale of Cotton

Pick a Bale of Cotton

chorus:

Oh, Lawdy, pick a bale a cotton
Oh, Lawdy, pick a bale a day

verses:

You got a jump down, turn around
Pick a bale a cotton
Got a jump down, turn around
Pick a bale a day

(chorus)

Me an' my partner can
Pick a bale a cotton
Me an' my partner can
Pick a bale a day

(chorus)

Had a little woman could
Pick a bale a cotton
Had a little woman could
Pick a bale a day

(chorus)

Went to Corsicana to
Pick a bale a cotton
Went to Corsicana to
Pick a bale a day

(chorus)

I b'lieve to my soul I can
Pick a bale a cotton
I b'lieve to my soul I can
Pick a bale a day

(chorus)

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Compact Disc with Pick a Bale of Cotton

This song is available on the compact disc:
Ballad of America Volume 2: America Singing
Pick a Bale of Cotton is on the album Ballad of America  Volume 2: America Singing

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