Lyrics to "Way Down Upon The Swanee River"

-- Written: 1851; State song of Florida

Way down upon the Swanee River,
Far, far away.
There's where my heart is turning ever,
There's where the old folks stay.

All up and down the whole creation,
Sadly I roam.
Still longing for the old plantation,
And for the old folks at home.

All the world am sad and dreary,
Everywhere I roam.
Oh, darkies, how my heart grows weary,
Far from the old folks at home.

All 'round the little farm I wandered,
When I was young.
Then many happy days I squandered,
Many the songs I sung.

When I was playing with my brother,
Happy was I.
Oh, take me to my kind old mother,
There let me live and die.