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Kentucky State Song

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Click to hear MP3 clips of "My Old Kentucky Home"
See All State Songs - National Anthem.

"My Old Kentucky Home"

by Stephen Foster

Contemporary Lyrics (1986):

The sun shines bright in My Old Kentucky Home,
'Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom
While the birds make music all the day.

The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy and bright;
By 'n' by hard times comes a knocking at the door,
Then My Old Kentucky Home, good night!

Chorus:

Weep no more my lady
Oh weep no more today;
We will sing one song
For My Old Kentucky Home
For My Old Kentucky Home, far away

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Stephen Foster - click to see all state songs
Stephen Foster 1826-1864 -public domain image onWikipedia

Full Original Lyrics (1853):

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
'Tis summer, the darkies are gay;
The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom,
While the birds make music all the day.

The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy and bright;
By 'n' by Hard Times comes a-knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.

Chorus:

Weep no more my lady
Oh! weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the Old Kentucky Home far away.

They hunt no more for the possum and the coon,
On meadow, the hill and the shore,
They sing no more by the glimmer of the moon,
On the bench by the old cabin door.

The day goes by like a shadow o'er the heart,
With sorrow, where all was delight,
The time has come when the darkies have to part,
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.

Chorus

The head must bow and the back will have to bend,
Wherever the darky may go;
A few more days, and the trouble all will end,
In the field where the sugar-canes grow;

A few more days for to tote the weary load,
No matter, 'twill never be light;
A few more days till we totter on the road,
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.

Chorus

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Kentucky bicentennial quarter - click to see all state quarters
Kentucky became the 15th state in 1792 - Kentucky's state quarter features a thoroughbred racehorse (state horse), the historic Federal Hill mansion in Bardstown, and the state song title: "My Old Kentucky Home" (public domain image on Wikipedia). See All 50 state quarters - All State Songs - National Anthem.
 
Source:
Kentucky's State Song: Kentucky Dept. Library & Archives
Stephen Foster: public domain image & article on Wikipedia
Links:
My Old Kentucky Home FACTS: KY Dept. Library & Archives
Kentucky's State Symbols: KY Dept. Libraries & Archives
Kentucky Symbols: Kentucky.gov
All State Songs - National Anthem

    

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