Old folks at home

partituur van Old folks at home

Old folks at home is geschreven door Stephen Foster in 1851.

De bezongen rivier is de Suwanee in Florida. Het lied is het officiële volkslied van Florida en werd traditioneel gezongen bij de inauguratie van de nieuwe gouverneur. In 2007 werd echter een ander lied gezongen om de Afro-Amerikaanse bevolking niet te kwetsen.

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

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

All round the little farm I wander'd
When I was young,
Then many happy days I squander'd,
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.

One little hut among the bushes,
One that I love,
Still sadly to my mem'ry rushes,
No matter where I rove.
When will I see the bees ahumming
All roun' the comb?
When will I hear de banjo strumming
Down in my good old home?

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