Pickin' Cotton
I've not forgotten
The hours I've spent in the sun
Bendin' over
You're not in clover
The work is nobody's fun.

  • I find it amusing that someone with the username "Anonymous6" would ask "Who wrote this song?" lol :) +1
    – RedCaio
    Feb 7 '16 at 4:18

According to a comment on Pinterest, the song was included in an old John Thompson piano book. Thompson was a composer and music educator active in the early part of the last century, who published several books of music for beginning pianists.

It seems most likely he either composed the song himself, or it was an uncopyrighted folk song (or he based it on one). If you want an exact answer, your best bet would be to try to find a copy of his books to see if you can locate the song in one of them.

  • I do have a copy of that book and it does not list the composer. Jan 7 '16 at 4:25
  • In that case Thompson likely composed it himself --he was apparently a songwriter, among other things. Mar 7 '16 at 15:51
  • WinMacLinUser, out of curiosity, exactly which book is that? I studied by Thompson's "Modern Course for the Piano" and I still have volumes 1, 2 and 3, but could not find that piece in either of them. Anyway, Thompson was scrupulously careful in always attributing authorship when it existed. Even popular tunes were identified as folk songs, plantation hyms, military songs, etc. Also he frequently included small poems to be used as lyrics, with no authorship identified, so presumably of his own writing. So if he did not attributed authorship it is safe to assume it was his own. Jun 5 '16 at 16:46

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