About 'Old Folks At Home (Swannee River)'
Foster, Stephen (biography)
July 4, 1826
January 13, 1864
Stephen Collins Foster known as the father of American music, was an American songwriter primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs many of which are stil popular today.
"Old Folks at Home" (also known as "Swanee River", "Swanee Ribber" [from the original lyrics] or "Suwannee River") is a minstrel song written by Stephen Foster in 1851. It is the official state song of Florida.
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-rywhere I roam;
Oh, darkeys, how my heart grows weary,
Far from de old folks at home!
|Score Key:||Bb major (Sounding Pitch) (View more Bb major Music for Flute )|
|Time Signature:||4/4 (View more 4/4 Music)|
|Tempo Marking:||Swing Eighths|
|Number of Pages:||1|
|Difficulty:||Easy Level: Recommended for Beginners with some playing experience|