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Old Folks at Home:
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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!

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.

CHORUS

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?

CHORUS

 

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Old Folks at Home

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