Oh! Susanna

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Oh! Susanna is one of Stephen Foster's best known songs.

Written in 1846, it was first performed in 1847 and published in 1848. Until then, no American song had sold more than 5,000 copies. Oh! Susanna sold over 100,000 copies!

The song is believed to have been named after Foster's sister Charlotte, whose middle name was Susanna.

The lyrics are quite nonsensical, like: "The sun so hot I froze to death" or "I shut my eyes to hold my breath", etc.

Because of the popularity of this song, Steven Foster became the America's first full-time songwriter.

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Oh! Susanna - Sheet Music (in PDF)
Oh! Susanna - Lyrics (in PDF)
Oh! Susanna - Lyrics (in PDF, all in one page)




Oh! Susanna


I came from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee,
I'm goin' to Louisiana
My true love for to see;
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.

O, Susanna,
O, don't you cry for me,
I've come from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee.
O, Susanna,
O, don't you cry for me,
'Cause I'm goin' to Louisiana,
My true love for to see.

I had a dream the other night
When ev'rything was still;
I thought I saw Susanna
A-comin' down the hill;
The buckwheat cake was in her mouth,
The tear was in her eye;
Says I, I'm comin' from the south,
Susanna, don't you cry.

O, Susanna,
O, don't you cry for me,
I've come from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee.
O, Susanna,
O, don't you cry for me,
'Cause I'm goin' to Louisiana,
My true love for to see.

I soon will be in New Orleans,
And then I'll look around,
And when I find Susanna
I'll fall upon the ground.
And if I do not find her,
Then I will surely die,
And when I'm dead and buried,
Susanna, don't you cry.

O, Susanna,
O, don't you cry for me,
I've come from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee.
O, Susanna,
O, don't you cry for me,
'Cause I'm goin' to Louisiana,
My true love for to see.




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