Cripple Creek is an Appalachian folk song. It is played on the fiddle but also on the banjo. No one knows exactly when it was composed, but there are some theories. A cripple creek is a meandering or a crooked stream. And it could refer to Cripple Creek, Virginia. Or it could refer to the Cripple Creek, Colorado, labor troubles during the gold rush. It was frequently recorded by early country musicians in the 1920s.
These are the lyrics from 1909 for this tune:
Goin’ to Cripple Creek, goin’ ter Rome (roam),
Goin’ ter Cripple Creek, goin’ back home.
See them women layin’ in the shade,
Waitin’ fer the money them men have made.
Roll my breeches ter my knees
En wade ol’ Cripple Creek when I please.
My recording of this fiddle tune
This song was actually pretty simple, at least this version. This was the first fiddle tune from the Beginner Fiddle Collection that I could play at the suggested speed without having to practice it very much. It’s fun to play although you can’t tell by my face. I really do look very serious in the recording… Will try to be a little more relaxed next time. Playing the violin makes me very happy but it’s just so hard to look happy while I play because I have to be so focused. Anyway, most professional violinists also look very serious, some even painful, when they play so I guess it’s pretty normal LOL.