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"Oh! Susanna" is a song written by Stephen Foster. It was first published on February 25, 1848. Popularly associated with the California Gold Rush, the song is occasionally (and incorrectly) called"Banjo on My Knee".

The traditional lyrics are arranged in four verses:
I came from Alabama, Wid a banjo on my knee,
I'm gwyne to Louisiana, My true love for to see.
It rain'dall night the day I left, The weather it was dry,
The sun so hot I froze to death; Susanna, don't you cry.
Oh! Susanna, Oh don't you cry for me,
cos' I've come fromAlabama, Wid my banjo on my knee
I jumped aboard the telegraph, And trabbled down the riber,
De lectric fluid magnified, And killed five hundred nigger.
De bullgine bust, de horserun off, I really thought I'd die;
I shut my eyes to hold my breath, Susanna don't you cry.
CHO: Oh Susanna &c.
I had a dream the odder night, When ebery thing was still
Ithought I saw Susanna A Coming down de hill;
The buck-wheat cake was in her mouth, The tear was in her eye;
Says I, "I'm coing from de south, Susanna, don't you cry."
CHO: OhSusanna &c.
I soon will be in New Orleans, And den I'll look all round,
And When I find Susanna, I will fall upon de ground.
And If I do not find her, Dis Darkie'l surely die,And when I'm dead and buried, Susanna, don't you cry.
CHO: Oh Susanna &c
Due to the belief that the second verse and colloquialisms were racist, modern verses have changed to be lessoffensive:
I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee,
I'm going 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 Ifroze to death; Susanna, don't you cry.
Oh, Susanna, don't you cry for me
cos' I come from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee.
had a dream the other night when everything...
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