Chorus: Oh! Susanna, do not cry for me; I Susanna) from Alabama, with my Banjo on my knee. I jumped aboard the telegraph and traveled down the river, Electric fluid magnified, and killed five hundred nigger.
The bullgine bust, the horse ran off, I really thought I'd die; I shut my eyes to hold my breath—Susanna, don't you cry. Chorus This verse is rarely sung in its original form today; to avoid the racially offensive language of the original lyrics, the word "nigger" is often replaced with " chigger ".
I had a dream the other night, when everything was still; I thought I saw Susanna dear, a comin' down the hill. The buckwheat cake was in her mouth, a tear was in her eye, I says, "I've coming from the South"-Susanna, don't you cry.
Chorus An unauthorized [ citation needed ] fourth verse was added:  4. But if I do not find her, this darkie'll surely die, And when I'm dead and buried—Susanna, don't you cry. Oh, I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee! Going to Louisiana, my true love for to see Oh Susanna! Oh don't you cry for me! For I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee It rained all night the day I left, Susanna (Oh, the weather it was dry The sun so hot I froze to death, Susanna don't you cry Oh Susanna!
For I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee! I had a dream the other night, when everything was still I thought I saw Susanna dear a-comin' down the hill A red red rose was in her hand, a tear was in her eye I said I come from dixieland, Susanna don't you cry! Oh Susanna! Oh, don't you cry for me!
But if I do not find her, then surely about to die, And when I'm dead and buried—Susanna, don't you cry. For I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee. Susanna, don't you cry for me! I'm gonna get me wots of gold out on the Wone Pwaiwie.
Gold is where you find it and when I find that stuff, I'll dig and dig and dig and dig. I'll never get enough. I twamp the pwaiwies and the pwains. I twudge each weawy mile. I'll twamp and twudge and twudge and twamp Until I make my pile.
Susanna, don't you cwy for me! I'm gonna dig up lots of gold, V for victowy. I'm a wagged, wugged wover of the wild unwuwy West. Of all the things I haven't got, I wike gold the best. Oh, it wained all night of the day I weft, the weather was so dwy; It was so warm I fwoze to death—Susanna, don't you cwy. I'm gonna get me wots of gold, V for victowy! One of the Susanna) recordings, using the original "killed five hundred Nigger" lyrics, was released by Harry C.
Browne also released other openly racist songs that same year, including Nigger Love a Watermelon Ha! The song is sung by a band in Wilson during the Democratic National Convention, Susanna (Oh. A humorous recording of "Oh! Susanna" was the last track on the second Susanna) by The ByrdsTurn!
Bing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album Gang Songs James Taylor also included a version of the song on his second album, Sweet Baby Jamesin It was performed by the North Korean Chongbong Band in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This article is about the folk song. For the film, see Banjo on My Knee film. For other uses, see Oh! Susanna disambiguation. Susanna" Stephen Foster 's "Oh!
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American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 13 August Stephen Foster song book: original sheet music of 40 songs. Courier Dover Press. Retrieved September He visited the South only once, yet many of his songs portrayed blacks and slave life and were frequently performed by blackface minstrel singers.
As "Oh! The rise of blackface minstrel sy coincided with Foster's growth to adulthood. He wrote "Oh! Susanna" in the black "plantation" dialect that was common to the genre but is extremely racially offensive by today's standards. As a deeply-divided United States careened towards a Civil War, Foster's music and lyrics evolved to use white, middle-class American English to present sympathetic portrayals of people who were suffering in slavery.
He also made attempts to replace the dialect in his earlier songs with verses in standard English. The lyrics and recordings Susanna (Oh on this page use the standard English lyrics that are common today. Oh, don't you cry for me For I come from Alabama With a banjo on my knee. It rained all night the day I left The weather it was dry The sun so hot I froze to death Susanna, don't you cry.
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