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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.paulcastle.co.uk/old-joe-clark.html
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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.

read more about Old Joe Clark @ http://www.paulcastlemusic.com/old-joe-clark.html
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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
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


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


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


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


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


see http://www.paulcastlemusic.com/old-joe-clark.html