Swanee    (1919)

I've been away from you a long time
I never thought I'd miss you so
Somehow I feel, your love was real
Near you I long to be

The birds are singing, it is song time
The banjo's strummin' soft and low
I know that you yearn for me too
Swanee you're calling me

Swanee how I love ya, how I love ya
My dear old Swanee
I'd give the world to be
Among the folks in D-I-X-I even know my
Mammy's waitin' for me prayin' for me
Down by the Swanee

The folks up North will see me no more
When I go to the Swanee shore.
Swanee, Swanee I am coming back to Swanee.
Mammy, Mammy, I love the old folks at home.

Swanee how I love ya, how I love ya
My dear old Swanee
I'd give the world to be among the folks in
D-I-X-I even know my Mammy's waitin' for me prayin' for me
Down by the Swanee
The folks up north will see me no more
When I go to the Swanee shore

Lyrics by Irving Caesar.
Composed by George Gershwin.
Recorded by Al Jolson; Judy Garland; many others.
Written for a New York City revue called Demi-Tasse before Al Jolson put it into his show Sinbad.

 

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