Old Joe Clark is a folk song, a mountain ballad that was "sung during World War I and later by soldiers from eastern Kentucky." An early version was printed in 1918, as sung in Virginia at that time. Joe Clark was born in 1839, a mountaineer who was murdered in 1885. There are about 90 stanzas in various versions of the song. The tune is in the Mixolydian mode.
The song has been recorded by many artists, including:
The melody was adapted by Mojo Nixon, Jello Biafra, and the Toadliquors for "Let's Go Burn Old Nashville Down" for the Prairie Home Invasion album. On guitarist Pat Metheny's "80/81" album, bassist Charlie Haden quotes from the melody of "Old Joe Clark" during his solo on "Two Folk Songs 1st | 2nd." Haden had also quoted from the song in his earlier solo in Ornette Coleman's "Ramblin'" (from 1960's Change of the Century), and the same unmistakable riff shows up as well in Haden's solo bass performance "Taney County" (on Haden's 1987 Quartet West album). Haden's preoccupation with the song is evident, too, on Rambling Boy (a reference to the 1960 Coleman song...?), the 2008 album credited to "Charlie Haden Family & Friends"; on this great collection of collaborative interpretations of standards, it's none other than Jack Black who takes the lead singing "Old Joe Clark." The riff of Ian Dury's 1977 single "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" originates from "Old Joe Clark".
Old Joe Clark lyrics
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Stringbean - Old Joe Clark
Stringbean performing on the Wilburn Brothers Show with banjoist Harold Morrison.
DOC and MERLE WATSON BILL CHEATUM/OLD JOE CLARK
DOC and MERLE WATSON BILL CHEATUM/OLD JOE CLARK.
Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys - Old Joe Clark
Title : Old Joe Clark Album : Bluegrass Ramble.
Aubrey Atwater Plays Old Joe Clark
Aubrey Atwater in an interview with Gina Garland, Plays Old Joe Clark to assist in helping her students at John C Campbell Folk School in Sept. 2009. Aubrey ...
Old Joe Clark Basic Banjo Lesson
http://www.BanjoBenClark.com - This is a basic version of an ol' fiddle tune standard, Old Joe Clark! If you're just starting to learn some banjer tunes, or if you're ...
Old Joe Clark, Rick and Paul
Old Joe Clark clawhammer style on a BC- 350 by goldtone, and a little flatpicking, key of A, Hope you like it.
Old Joe Clark - Mandolin Lesson
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Old Joe Clark - Banjo Tune featuring Steve Lewis & Brandy Miller
http://germainmedia.com and http://facebook.com/germainmedia Brandy Miller & Steve Lewis, Ashe County, North Carolina. Produced by Germain Media.
Old Joe Clark by The Stripey Boys
The Stripey Boys (zebra brothers Bill and Sid Stripes and cousin 'Little Bo') give a storming performance of all-time Bluegrass favorite Old Joe Clark. Hold on to ...
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:11:15 -0800
It is, without a doubt, the most celebrated case of littering in history. Fifty years ago, Arlo Guthrie tried to help his friend Alice get rid of a pile of trash on Thanksgiving Day. The absurdity that followed has become the quirky legend commemorated ...
Wicked Local Lexington
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:29:13 -0800
Wreath Sales Fundraiser: through Dec. 1. Winchester Boy Scout Troop 503 will go door-to-door taking orders for fresh balsam wreaths. The price is $10 for plain wreaths and $15 for wreaths decorated with pine cones, berries and a red bow. Those ...
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 03:03:45 -0800
Here are a few to get you started: “Old Joe Clark,” “Fireball Mail,” “Salt Creek,” “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” “Angeline the Baker,” “Big Mon,” and “Red-Haired Boy.” Pay attention at local jam sessions, as you'll start to notice that certain songs ...
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:31:20 -0700
Billingham youngster Joe Clark has been named in the England youth squad for the second season in succession. The 15-year-old player, a pupil at Northfield School, is in the development group, consisting of 17 players. The squad is completed by a ...
Tue, 26 May 2015 11:41:14 -0700
Old Joe Clark, the inspiration for a fiddle tune from the 1800s, is described on a historical marker in Kentucky as "a shiftless and rough mountaineer." "His enemies were legion; he was murdered in 1885," the state marker reads. "It mischaracterizes ...
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:49:22 -0700
The 80th Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention begins next Monday, August 3. On day two, Tuesday, of this year's week long convention, hundreds of musicians will attempt to assemble the world's largest mandolin ensemble.
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 21:02:21 -0700
At 2 p.m., the mando morass will play four songs: “Soldier's Joy” and “Angeline the Baker,” both in the key of D, and “Cripple Creek” and “Old Joe Clark” in A. Linhardt wrote that one participant will win a new Eastman mandolin. And if Galax claims the ...
San Jose Mercury News
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:54:45 -0700
Songs on the Cabrillo set list included: "Liza Jane," "Angelina Baker," "Old Joe Clark," "Susannah Gal" and "I'll Fly Away." A Daly City native, Katz began his teaching career at Cabrillo Elementary nine years ago. The first seven of those years he ...
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