“Cripple Creek (I)”


Often found as a fiddle tune with words: "I got a gal at the head of the creek, Goin' up to see her 'bout the middle of the week...." "Goin' up to Cripple Creek, Goin' at a run, Goin' up to Cripple Creek to have a little fun." Most verses involve courting


The notes in Brown say that there was a gold rush at Cripple Creek, producing this song. But it's worth noting that the sources can't agree on the state in which Cripple Creek is located (Colorado, Virginia). - RBW

Cross references


  • Fiddlin' John Carson, "Going Down to Cripple Creek" (OKeh 45214, 1928)
  • Charlie Higgins, Wade Ward & Dale Poe, "Cripple Creek" [instrumental] (on LomaxCD1701)
  • The Hillbillies, "Cripple Creek" (OKeh 40336, 1925) (Vocalion 15367, 1926/Vocalion 5115, c. 1927)
  • Roscoe Holcomb, "Cripple Creek" (on MMOKCD)
  • Doc Hopkins, "Cripple Creek" (Radio 1410B, n.d., prob. late 1940s - early 1950s)
  • Land Norris, "Red Creek" (OKeh 40433, 1925)
  • Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, "Shootin' Creek" (composite with "Ida Red (I)"; Columbia15286-D, 1928; on CPoole01, CPoole05)
  • Fiddlin' Doc Roberts, "Cripple Creek" (Gennett 6336, 1927)
  • Ernest Stoneman, "Going Up Cripple Creek" (Victor 20294, 1926)
  • Stove Pipe No. 1 [pseud. for Sam Jones], "Cripple Creek & Sourwood Mountain" (Columbia 201-D, 1924)
  • Tweedy Brothers, "Cripple Creek" (Silvertone 4008, c. 1925)


  1. BrownIII 299, "Cripple Creek" (1 short text plus mention of 1 more)
  2. SharpAp 247, "Gone to Cripple Creek" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Lomax-FSNA 118, "Cripple Creek" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Botkin-AmFolklr, pp. 898-899, "Cripple Creek" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Rorrer, p. 83, "Shootin' Creek" (1 text, with recitation and verses partly derived from "Ida Red (I)")
  6. Silber-FSWB, p. 37, "Cripple Creek" (1 text)
  7. BrownIII 43, "Old Corn Licker" (a 2-line fragment, unclassifiable but with similarities to some texts of this song)
  9. Roud #3434
  10. BI, San320


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection); +1913 (JAFL28)
Found in: US(Ap,SE)