My old Kentucky Home

partituur van My old Kentucky Home

My old Kentucky Home is geschreven door Stephen Foster in 1853.

Het lied is sinds 1928 het officiële volkslied van de Amerikaanse staat Kentucky. In 1986 werd 'darkies' in de eerste strofe vervangen door 'people', omdat het woord kwetsend overkwam voor de zwarte bevolking.

Tekst Edit

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
'Tis summer, the darkies are gay;
The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom,
While the birds make music all the day.
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy and bright;
By 'n' by Hard Times comes a-knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.

Weep no more my lady
Oh! weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the Old Kentucky Home far away.

They hunt no more for the possum and the coon,
On meadow, the hill and the shore,
They sing no more by the glimmer of the moon,
On the bench by the old cabin door.
The day goes by like a shadow o'er the heart,
With sorrow, where all was delight,
The time has come when the darkies have to part,
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.

The head must bow and the back will have to bend,
Wherever the darky may go;
A few more days, and the trouble all will end,
In the field where the sugar-canes grow;
A few more days for to tote the weary load,
No matter, 'twill never be light;
A few more days till we totter on the road,
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.

Gebruik Edit

De derde strofe staat niet in de codex vermeld.

Woordverklaring Edit

  • strofe 1:
roll : een oud woord voor seks (cfr. rock 'n roll).
darky : zwarte
  • strofe 2
possum : oppossum, Amerikaanse buidelrat.
coon : raccoon, wasbeer.

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