"De Camptown ladies sing dis song, Doo-da! Doo-da! De Camptown racetrack five miles long... Gwine to run all night! Gwine to run all day I'll bet my money on the bob-tail nag...." The singer describes the races and how he won a "pocket full of tin"
Camptown Races Complete text(s) *** A *** Gwine to Run All Night From sheet music published 1850 by F. D. Benteen The title of the song is given only on the interior page: "GWINE TO RUN ALL NIGHT." or DE CAMPTOWN RACES Title page inscribed FOSTER's Plantation Melodies AS SUNG BY THE CHRISTY MINSTRELS No. 1. OH LEMUEL No. 2. DOLLY DAY " 3. GWINE TO RUN ALL NIGHT 4. ANGELINA BAKER Written, Composed & Arranged BY STEPHEN C. FOSTER De Camptown ladies sing dis song, CHORUS. Doo-dah! doo-dah! De Camptown racetrack five miles long CHORUS. Oh! doo-dah day! I come down dah wid my hat caved in CHORUS. Doo-dah! doo-dah! I go back home wid a pocket full of tin CHORUS. Oh! doo-dah day! CHORUS. Gwine to run all night! Gwine to run all day! I'll bet my money on de bob-tailed nag Somebody bet on de bay. 2 De long tail filly and de big black horse Doo-dah! doo-dah! Dey fly de track and dey both cut across Oh! doo-dah day! De blind hoss sticken in a big mud hole Doo-dah! doo-dah! Can't touch bottom wid a ten foot pole Oh! doo-dah day! CHO: Gwine to run all night! &c. 3 Old muley cow come on de track Doo-dah! doo-dah! De bob-tail fling her over his back Oh! doo-dah day! Den fly along like a rail-road car Doo-dah! doo-dah! Runnin' a race wid a shootin' star Oh! doo-dah day! CHO: Gwine to run all night! &c. 4 See dem flyin' on a ten mile heat Doo-dah! doo-dah! Round de race track, den repeat Oh! doo-dah day! I win my money on de bob-tail nag Doo-dah! doo-dah! I keep my money in an old tow-bag Oh! doo-dah day! CHO: Gwine to run all night! &c.
Spaeth (_A History of Popular Music in America_, p. 107) notes that a "folk-song" called "Hoodah Day" is very similar to this song, and speculates that it or "Sacramento" could have been the original of the Foster song. Fuld, however, notes that no verifiable printing of either piece predates the Foster song. - RBW