What does the phrase Cotton Eyed mean? Some believe that it means to be drunk on moonshine. Others think that it refers to the contrast between dark skin and white eyeballs. Another theory is that Cotton Eye Joe had a disease that turned his eyes milky white, or replaced his eyeball with a cotton ball due to lack of medical equipment.
Is Cotton-Eyed Joe about slavery? As Texan folklorist Dorothy Scarborough wrote in her 1925 book On The Trail of Negro Folk-songs, Cotton-Eyed Joe (as it is alternatively known) “was born out of American slavery.” This isn’t about guilt by association. The song’s essence is associated with enslaved people.
Why is Cotton-Eyed Joe offensive? Its origins are unclear, but it’s been covered and rejiggered many times over the last 200 years, but for the most part, Scheinert nails its original spirit: The song was a racist tune that utilizes awful, racist stereotypes about black people, who were slaves in America when it was initially written.
Who originally did Cotton Eye Joe?
|“Cotton Eye Joe”|
|Songwriter(s)||Janne Ericsson Örjan Öban Öberg Pat Reiniz Patrik ”The Hitmaker” Lindqvist|
|Rednex singles chronology|
|“Cotton Eye Joe” (1994) “Old Pop in an Oak” (1995)|