Oh, Susannah

Listen to this horrible old song. Sorry, Stephen Foster.

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 I froze to death, Susannah, don’t you cry

Oh, Susannah, don’t you cry for me

I’ve come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee

 

Fortunately, we can improve the song, and have some fun. Here is the pattern to give to students:

I come from __________ with a __________ on my knee

I’m going to __________, 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, __________ don’t you cry

Oh, __________ don’t you cry for me

I’ve come from __________ with a __________ on my knee

 

For instance, here is what some Russian students wrote (it will only be funny to Russians). But the karaoke version is great for re-writing and re-signing the song about your culture, your town, your country.

I come from Magadan with a puppy on my knee

I’m going to Astrakhan, my true love for to see

It snowed all night the day I left, the weather it was hot

The cold so hot I burnt to death, Marina don’t you cry

Oh, Marina, don’t you cry for me

I’ve come from Magadan with a puppy on my knee

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This song was recorded before 1923, and is in the public domain. It means I’m free to record it and publish it on my web site, and you’re free to use it.

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