Camptown Races [song lyrics]

Song lyrics to Camptown Races (1850) by Stephen Foster

Song lyrics to Camptown Races (1850) by Stephen Foster

Song lyrics to Camptown Races (1850) by Stephen Foster – originally a minstrel song, it’s become an American classic, performed virtually everywhere – stage, screen, radio, television, and movies.

The Campptown ladies sing this song,
Doo-da, Doo-da
The Camptown racetrack’s five miles long
Oh, de doo-da day

Goin’ to run all night
Goin’ to run all day
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag
Somebody bet on the gray

Oh, the long tailed filly and the big black horse,
Doo-da, doo-da
Come to a mud hole and they all cut across,
Oh, de doo-da day

Goin’ to run all night
Goin’ to run all day
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag
Somebody bet on the gray

I went down there with my hat caved in,
Doo-da, doo-da
I came back home with a pocket full of tin
Oh, de doo-da day

Goin’ to run all night
Goin’ to run all day
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag
Somebody bet on the gray

Media

Camptown Races has been played in a variety of movie and television shows, including:

  • Holiday – sung by Lew Ayres, Katharine Hepburn, Jean Dixon and Edward Everett Horton.
  • Swanee River – sung by Al Jolson
  • Riding High — sung by Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, Clarence Muse, and children
  • O. Henry’s Full House – in the segment “The Clarion Call”, it’s sung by Richard Widmark.
  • El Dorado
  • The Reivers
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Short Circuit 2 — a version is sung by the robot Johnny 5 while digging a tunnel
  • Muppets From Space
  • The King’s Speech — sung by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

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