Swanee River – Old Folks at home *

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CWay G7down upon the AmSwanee FRiver, Cfar, far a- G7way,
Ctheres’s G7where my heart is Amturning Fever,
Ctheres’s where the G7old folks Cstay.
CAll G7up and down the Amold cre- Fation, Csadly I G7roam,
Cstill G7longing for the Amold plan- Ftation
Cand for the G7old folks at Chome.
GAll the world is Csad and dreary Feverywhere I G7roam.
COh, G7darkies, how my Amheart grows Fweary,
Cfar from the G7old folks at Chome.

 

1. Way down upon the Swanee River, far, far away,
theres’s where my heart is turning ever,
theres’s where the old folks stay.
All up and down the old creation, sadly I roam,
still longing for the old plantation
and for the old folks at home.
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
All the world is sad and dreary everywhere I roam
Oh Lordy, 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
All the world is sad and dreary everywhere I roam
Oh Lordy, how my heart grows weary
Far from the old folks at home.

 

* Old Folks at Home: Old Folks at Home, auch (Way Down Upon the Swanee River oder Swanee River), ist ein 1851 entstandenes Lied des US-amerikanischen Komponisten Stephen Foster. Es wurde erstmals von der New Yorker Theatergruppe Christy’s Minstrels vorgetragen.