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When I was a little bitty baby
My mama would rock me in the cradle
In them old cotton fields back home
It was down in Louisiana
Just a mile from Texarkana
In them old cotton fields back home

It may sound a little funny
But you didn't make very much money
In them old cotton fields back home
It may sound a little funny
But you didn't make very much money
In them old cotton fields back home

Oh when those cotton balls get rotten
You can't pick you very much cotton
In them old cotton fields back home

It was down in Louisiana
Just a mile from Texarkana
In them old cotton fields back home

I was over in Arkansas
People ask me what you come here for
In them old cotton fields back home
I was over in Arkansas
People ask me what you come here for
In them old cotton fields back home



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    UnregisteredJun 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm
    A great song with and a poignant reminder of the old days.
    The line "it was down in louisiana just about a mile from texarkana... " doesn't seem to make sense.
    According to modern maps, texarkana is at least 30 miles north of the louisiana stateline.
    Ted scott, norway.
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    UnregisteredJan 2, 2012 at 1:20 am
    My dad would tell me about working in the cotton fields looking out at the highway wishing he could get out of there. He had to work as a half share till he got old enough to carry a full load. His dad died with the flu when he was 2 and grandma raised him and seven brothers and sisters working on someone else land in 1930's.
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    UnregisteredAug 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm
    For ted scott (above)- i didn't understand the line about a mile from texarkana either. I looked at it a little bit and discovered a possible explanation, that the original surveyors thought that the city of texarkana (texas arkansas louisiana) would be on the border of arkansas and louisiana, as opposed to where it ended up being 20 miles plus to the north. Who knows for sure. Certainly not me, but fun to consider the possibilities. What i did learn today for sure was the verses of the song i'd never heard before regarding not making much money and the other one about arkansas! Pretty cool.

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