Historic Sheet Music Collection

Title

Swanee

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1919

Comments

New York: Harms, Inc. (1919)

From The Jolson Story

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[Verse 1]
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 banjos strummin’ soft and low,
I know that you
Yearn for me too;
Swanee You’re calling me.

[Refrain]
Swanee How I love you,
How I love you
My dear old Swanee;
I’d give the world to be
Among the folks in D-I-X-I-
Even now my Mammy’s
Waiting for me,
Praying for me
Down by the Swanee,
The folks up north will see me no more
When I go to the Swanee shore
(I’ll be happy, I’ll be happy)

[Trio]
Swanee
Swanee
I am coming back to Swanee
Mammy
Mammy
I love the old folks at home.

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