Cover: text at top reads Way down upon de Swanee Riber; Publisher: National Music Co. (Chicago)
Subject Headings (Library of Congress)
Songs -- United States -- 19th Century; Songs --United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States
Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries
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.
All de world am sad and dreary, Eb'ry where I roam, Oh, darkies, how my heart grows weary, far from de old folks at home! All de world am sad and dreary, Eb'ry where I roam, Oh, darkies, how my heart grows weary, far from de old folks at home!
All round de little farm I wander'd, When I was young; Den many happy days I squander'd - 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.
One little hut among de bushes, one dat I love, Still sadly to my mem'ry rushes, No matter where I rove. When will I see de bees a humming, All round de comb? When will I hear de banjo tumming, Down in my good old
The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries.