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Down Where the Swanee River Flows
Words by Charles McCarron & Charles S. Alberte
Music by Albert von Tilzeer

New York (145 west 45th St.): Broadway Music Corporation

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[Verse 1]
I had a big surprise today
While in a ten-cent photo-play
I really saw my old home town way down in Dixieland
It was simply grand,
Just to sit right there, and gaze
On the scenes of bygone days
made me yearn to return to the land of people
I will love always,
I even saw the same old school,
Where I learned the golden rule.

Down where the Swanee River flows
I want to be there
Down where the cotton blossom grows,
I want to see there,
My little sister Flo', keepin' time with Uncle Joe
singing a song and raggin' on hos old banjo
O see my dear old Mother
oh Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, how I love her,
When the birds are singing in the wild wood
My happy childhood
Comes back once more
My heart is sore,
That's why I'm going back where they care for me
Ev;ry night they say a little prayer for me
Down where the Swanee River flows.

[Verse 2]
I'd like to meet that movie man,
I want to shake him by the hand,
I want to tell him that he wrote a grand scenario,
He knew where to go,
Plain as day upon the screen,
Hezakiah can be seen,
Little Mose on hos toes, looking at the camera,
Nearly spoiled the scene,
I saw the cotton white as foam
I saw my home sweet home.




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