Cripple Creek

"Cripple Creek" is an Old Time Appalachian folk song for the fiddle, though it is often played on the banjo as well.


Cripple Creek (WORD)
Cripple Creek (PDF)

The first video is in the same key but the lyrics vary.

Another mountain tune - jaw harps a must!

It has become a standard among bluegrass musicians and is often one of the first songs a banjo picker learns. No one knows exactly when it was composed, but there are theories about just where Cripple Creek is. Some say it is Cripple Creek, Virginia, while others say it is based on Cripple Creek, Colorado during the gold rush. It was frequently recorded by early country musicians in the 1920s.

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