Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Swanee River

(Old Folks at Home)
Written by Stephen C. Foster


Way down upon de Swanee Ribber,
Far, far away,
Dere's wha my heart is turning ebber,
Dere's wha de old folks stay.
All up and down de whole creation
Sadly I roam,
Still longing for de old plantation,
And for de old folks at home.

Chorus

All de world am sad and dreary,
Eb-rywhere I roam;
Oh, darkeys, how my heart grows weary,
Far from de old folks at home!

2nd verse

All round de little farm I wandered
When I was young,
Den many happy days I squandered,
Many de songs I sung.
When I was playing wid my brudder
Happy was I;
Oh, take me to my kind old mudder!
Dere let me live and die.

3rd Verse

One little hut among de bushes,
One dat I love
Still sadly to my memory rushes,
No matter where I rove.
When will I see de bees a-humming
All round de comb?
When will I hear de banjo strumming,
Down in my good old home?

A little extra history of thay made the song

Stephen C. Foster, one of America's Best-loved musical
storytellers, wrote "The Swanee River
(Old Folks at Home)" in 1851.
A memorial center at White Springs honors Foster,
who authored about 200 songs during his prolific career.

The Suwannee River flows southerly from the Okeefenokee
Swamp in Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida,
topographically slicing the Florida panhandle from the rest of the state.

After Foster wrote "The Swanee River" in 1851,
he sold it to famed minstrelman E.
P. Christy. Foster is reported to have chosen the "Swanee"
because its two-syllable cadence fit nicely into the
music he had composed. It could not have been due to
a familiarity with the river's Florida section,
since Foster never visited the state.

Through House Concurrent Resolution No.
22 in 1935, S. P. Robineau of Miami successfully entered
"The Swanee River" as the official state song,
replacing "Florida, My Florida,
" which had been adopted as the State Song in 1913.
By 1935 Foster's rightful position as a writer and
composer had been established.


Mirror lyrics:

composer had been established.
By 1935 Foster's rightful position as a writer and
" which had been adopted as the State Song in 1913.
replacing "Florida, My Florida,
"The Swanee River" as the official state song,
22 in 1935, S. P. Robineau of Miami successfully entered
Through House Concurrent Resolution No.

since Foster never visited the state.
a familiarity with the river's Florida section,
music he had composed. It could not have been due to
because its two-syllable cadence fit nicely into the
P. Christy. Foster is reported to have chosen the "Swanee"
he sold it to famed minstrelman E.
After Foster wrote "The Swanee River" in 1851,

topographically slicing the Florida panhandle from the rest of the state.
Swamp in Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida,
The Suwannee River flows southerly from the Okeefenokee

who authored about 200 songs during his prolific career.
A memorial center at White Springs honors Foster,
(Old Folks at Home)" in 1851.
storytellers, wrote "The Swanee River
Stephen C. Foster, one of America's Best-loved musical

A little extra history of thay made the song

Down in my good old home?
When will I hear de banjo strumming,
All round de comb?
When will I see de bees a-humming
No matter where I rove.
Still sadly to my memory rushes,
One dat I love
One little hut among de bushes,

3rd Verse

Dere let me live and die.
Oh, take me to my kind old mudder!
Happy was I;
When I was playing wid my brudder
Many de songs I sung.
Den many happy days I squandered,
When I was young,
All round de little farm I wandered

2nd verse

Far from de old folks at home!
Oh, darkeys, how my heart grows weary,
Eb-rywhere I roam;
All de world am sad and dreary,

Chorus

And for de old folks at home.
Still longing for de old plantation,
Sadly I roam,
All up and down de whole creation
Dere's wha de old folks stay.
Dere's wha my heart is turning ebber,
Far, far away,
Way down upon de Swanee Ribber,


Written by Stephen C. Foster
(Old Folks at Home)


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