“Pick a Bale of Cotton”


"You got to jump down, turn around, Pick a bale of cotton...." A list of various people who can, alone or in combination, pick a bale of cotton a day.


Picking a bale of cotton in a single day is, for one picker, an almost superhuman task. - PJS


  • James "Iron Head" Baker & group, "Pick a Bale o' Cotton" (AFS 195 A1, 1933; on LC53)
  • James "Iron Head" Baker, "Pick a Bale o' Coton" (AFS 721 B3, 1936) (AFS 3523 A3, 3523 B3, c. 1940)
  • Folkmasters, "Pick a Bale of Cotton" (on Fmst01)
  • Mose "Clear Rock" Platt, "Pick a Bale o' Cotton" (AFS 2643 A2, 1939)
  • Pete Seeger & Sonny Terry, "Pick a Bale of Cotton" (on SeegerTerry)
  • Pete Seeger, "Pick a Bale o' Cotton" (on PeteSeeger43)


  1. Scott-BoA, pp. 393-304, "Pick a Bale o' Cotton" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Lomax-FSUSA 68, "Pick a Bale of Cotton" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 231-233, "Pick a Bale o' Cotton" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. PSeeger-AFB, p. 54, "Pick A Bale Of Cotton" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Silber-FSWB, p. 123, "Pick A Bale Of Cotton" (1 text)
  7. Roud #10061
  8. BI, LxU068


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933 (recording, James "Iron Head" Baker & group)
Found in: US(So)