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Written by Stephen Foster
Date 1850

"Camptown Races" is a popular American song, originally written by noted songwriter Stephen Foster as a minstrel song (a fact reflected in its original published title, "Gwine to Run All Night, or De Camptown Races"). It recounts the joys and disappointments of racetrack gambling. The song is particularly known for the "doo-dah, doo-dah" refrain and, as with other public domain songs or nursery rhymes, often shows up in collections of children's songs.


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