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Old Joe Clark
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Get a **free download** Traditional East Kentucky mountain ballad. Born in 1839, Joe Clark was a rough and shiftless mountain man see Old Joe Clark lyrics & song history @ http://www.paulcastlemusic.com/old-joe-clark.html
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trad arr. Paul Castle
trad.arr Paul Castle (PDC Music)
The Rosinators
Mon Jan 21, 2008
Country : Bluegrass
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Below the hill and in front of the US Post Office at Sextons Creek, Kentucky, stands a State Historical Marker, listing this bit of Mountain History:

"Old Joe Clark Ballad"
Mountain ballad, about 90 stanzas, sung during World War 1 and later wars by soldiers from eastern Kentucky. Early version, as sung in Virginia, printed in 1918. Joe Clark, born 1839, lived here; a shiftless and rough mountaineer of that day. His enemies were legion; he was murdered in 1885. In the moonshining days of 1870's, he ran a government-supervised still.

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OLD JOE CLARK

1. Old Joe Clark, the preacher's son
Preached all over the plain
The only text he ever knew
Was high low jack and the game
[Chorus]
Fare thee well Old Joe Clark
Fare thee well I'm bound
Fare thee well Old Joe Clark
Goodbye Betsy Brown

2. Old Joe Clark had a mule
His name was Morgan Brown
And every tooth in that mule's head
Was sixteen inches round

Chorus

3. Old Joe Clark had a yellow cat
She would neither sing nor pray
Stuck her head in a buttermilk jar
And washed her sins away

Chorus

4. Old joe clark had a house
Fifteen stories high
And every story in that house
Was filled with chicken pie

Chorus

5. I went down to Old Joe's house
He invited me to supper
I stumped my toe on the table leg
And stuck my nose in the butter

Chorus

6. Wished I had a sweetheart
Put her on the shelf
And every time she'd smile at me
I'd get up there myself

Chorus

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