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If it hadn't been for cotton-eye joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from. Where did you go?
Where did you come from cotton-eye joe?

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If it hadn't been for cotton-eye joe
I'd been married long time ago
Where did you come from. Where did you go?
Where did you come from cotton-eye joe?

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  • U
    UnregisteredApr 22, 2012 at 2:41 am
    Edit correction: "cotton to" means "has a liking for", and it makes sense to me that "cotton eye" would refer to someone attentive to and thus attractive to the ladies.
    All the other explanations about eye color or cataracts seem illogical.
    I believe this song's origins could be early 1800's.
  • U
    UnregisteredApr 22, 2012 at 2:35 am
    "cotton to" means "has a liking for", and it makes sense to me that "cotton eye" would refer to someone attentive and thus attractive to them.to the ladies.

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