Cotton Eye Joe chords by Rednex


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Cotton Eye Joe | Chords + Lyrics


Chorus 1 (N.C)

||: N.C | N.C :||
If it hadn’t been for Cotton-Eye Joe, I’d been married a long time ago.
Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

Chorus 2 (synth riff)

| A5 | A5 |
If it hadn’t been for Cotton-Eye Joe, I’d been married a long time ago.
| D5 | E5 D5 Bm7 |
Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?

Interlude 1 (all in)

| A5 | A5 | D5 | E5 D5 Bm7 |
Hey, hey, hey…

Chorus 3

||: A5 | A5 |
||: If it hadn’t been for Cotton-Eye Joe, I’d been married a long time ago.
| D5 | E5 D5 Bm7 :||
Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe? :||

Interlude 2

| A5 | A5 | D5 | E5 D5 Bm7 |
Hey, hey, hey…

Verse 1

| A5 | A5 |
He came to town like a midwinter storm.
| D5 | E5 |
He rode through the fields, so handsome and strong.
| A5 | A5 |
His eyes was his tools and his smile was his gun.
| D5 | E5 :||
But all he had come for was having some fun.

Chorus 4

||: A5 | A5 |
||: If it hadn’t been for Cotton-Eye Joe, I’d been married a long time ago.
| D5 | E5 D5 Bm7 :||
Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe? :||

Banjo solo

||: A | D | B | E :||

Verse 2

| A5 | A5 |
He brought disaster wherever he went
| D5 | E5 |
The hearts of the girls was to Hell, broken, sent
| A5 | A5 |
They all ran away so nobody would know
| D5 | E5 |
And left only men ’cause of Cotton-Eye Joe

Chorus 5

||: A5 | A5 |
||: If it hadn’t been for Cotton-Eye Joe, I’d been married a long time ago.
| D5 | E5 D5 Bm7 :||
Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe? :||

Interlude 3

| A5 | A5 | D5 | E5 D5 Bm7 |
Hey, hey, hey…

||: A5 | A5 |
||: If it hadn’t been for Cotton-Eye Joe, I’d been married a long time ago.
| D5 | E5 D5 Bm7 :||
Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe? :||

Interlude 4

| A5 | A5 | D5 | E5 D5 Bm7 |
Hey, hey, hey…

Chorus 7

| A5 | A5 |
If it hadn’t been for Cotton-Eye Joe, I’d been married a long time ago.
| D5 | N.C |
Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?



Cotton Eye Joe Chords: Learn the progressions!


Cotton Eye Joe Analysis + TAB

Cotton Eye Joe‘s chords are pretty simple and you’d be forgiven for thinking this is a beginner song.

However, the tempo is so fast and if you try to play the fiddle or banjo part, you’ll soon realize this is not beginner territory!

The chorus chords are just I – IV – V and then a quick IV – II in the key of A, like this:

| A5 (I) | A5 | D5 (IV) | E5 (V) D5 (IV) Bm7 (II) |

I think you should play this with a driving and consistent rhythm (similar to Blowin’ In The Wind), here’s the TAB for how I suggest you should play it.

Cotton Eye Joe chords and TAB, chorus.

The verse is even simpler, literally just going I – IV – V, like this:

| A5 (I) | A5 | D5 (IV) | E5 (V) |

As a member, you get TAB for how to play this on guitar in a band setting. All parts have been invented since there is no guitar on the original recording.

We also play the vocal melody (again, there is TAB) as well as the banjo solo! Here’s a link to the full lesson (members only): Cotton Eye Joe – Guitar lesson with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Country + Eurodance = Rednex

Swedish Rednex burst onto the scene in 1994 with their mix of Eurodance and Country. It’s not like the genre itself caught on, the band is pretty much on their own in this musical comedy space!

As always, it was a catchy tune that paved the way for the success of the band. Their first single, (Cotton Eye Joe, 1994) went to #1 in 15 countries, selling over 2 million copies in the process.

The album that followed Sex & Violins (1995) had one more tune that did all right as well, Wish You Were Here (not a Pink Floyd cover). This one was actually produced by Max Martin who clearly wanted to get in on the action.

Following the debut album, Rednex never managed to live up to the hype. The closest they got was probably in 2000 when the album Farm Out had a cover of The Devil Went Down To Georgia.

Perhaps the genre they invented only had room for one tune!



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This article was written by Dan Lundholm, Spytunes guitar guru. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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