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Sat May 6, 2017, 06:44 PM

My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night (1853)

It's Derby Day.
Lyrics to "My Old Kentucky Home".
Comments?
Interpretations?

Words & music by Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864)
1.
The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
'Tis summer, the darkies are gay,
The corn top's ripe and the meadows 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, good night!
CHORUS
Weep no more, my lady,
Oh! weep no more to-day!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky Home,
For the old Kentucky Home far away.

2.
They hunt no more for possum and the coon
On the 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're the heart,
With sorrow where all was delight:
The time has come when the darkies have to part,
Then my old Kentucky Home, good-night!
(CHORUS)

3.
The head must bow and the back will have to bend,
Wherever the darkey 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, good-night!
(CHORUS)

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delisen May 2017 #4
kentuck May 2017 #5

Response to trof (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:07 PM

1. Originally titled, "Poor Uncle Tom, Good-Night!"...

and before it became widely known as the Abolition song it is, my great-great grandpa used to whistle this tune in the dead of night as a signal when he was awaiting new arrivals. He was a conductor on the Underground Railroad in Northwest Ohio.

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Response to countryjake (Reply #1)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:09 PM

2. Didn't know it was an abolition song.

hunh
Thanks

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Response to trof (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:40 PM

3. I had never heard anything except the first verse.

Guess the next two are considered "inappropriate" for the white people's anthem.

Lovely tho' sad song.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 08:04 PM

4. It is a sad, sorrowful song. Ironically I have friends

from Kentucky who did now know its history and meaning. Some things hide in plain sight.

When a cultural group oppresses another cultural group, the oppressors lose something and, in this case, the emotional voice

Foster listened.

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Sat May 6, 2017, 08:10 PM

5. Stephen Foster wrote it...

after visiting relatives in Kentucky.

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