Old Black Joe

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Melody - Stephen Foster, 1860; Seq. by Werner Tomaschewski
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Stephen Foster, 1860

Gone are the days when my heart was young and gay,
Gone are my friends from the cotton fields away,
Gone from the earth to a better land I know,
I hear their gentle voices calling "Old Black Joe".
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I'm coming, I'm coming,
For my head is bending low,
I hear their gentle voices
Calling "Old Black Joe".
2. Why do I weep, when my heart should feel no pain,
Why do I sigh that my friends come not again.
Grieving for forms now departed long ago.
I hear their gentle voices calling "Old Black Joe"
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3. Where are the hearts once so happy and so free?
The children so dear that I held upon my knee
Gone to the shore where my soul has longed to go,
I hear their gentle voices calling "Old Black Joe"
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