OLD FOLKS AT HOME
Stephen Foster, 1851

Way down upon the Swanee River,
Far, far away
That's where my heart is turning ever
That's where the old folks stay
All up and down the whole creation,
Sadly I roam
Still longing for the old plantation
And for the old folks at home

            Chorus:
            All the world is sad and dreary everywhere I roam
            Oh darkies, how my heart grows weary
            Far from the old folks at home

2. All 'round the little farm I wandered,
When I was young
Then many happy days I squandered,
Many the songs I sung
When I was playing with my brother,
Happy was I
Oh, take me to my kind old mother,
There let me live and die.

            Chorus:
            All the world is sad and dreary everywhere I roam
            Oh darkies, how my heart grows weary
            Far from the old folks at home

3. One little hut among the bushes,
One that I love
Still sadly to my mem'ry rushes,
No matter where I rove
When shall I see the bees a humming,
All 'round the comb
When shall I hear the banjo strumming,
Down by my good old home

            Chorus:
            All the world is sad and dreary everywhere I roam
            Oh darkies, how my heart grows weary
            Far from the old folks at home.
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