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Old Black Joe
by Stephen C. Foster

1 Gone are the days when my heart was young and gay,
2 Gone are my friends from the cotton fields away,
3 Gone from the earth to a better land I know,
4 I hear their gentle voices calling "Old Black Joe."

5 [Chorus] I'm coming, I'm coming, for my head is bending low:
6 I hear those gentle voices calling, "Old Black Joe."

7 [Solo] Why do I weep when my heart should feel no pain
8 Why do I sigh that my friends come not again,
9 Grieving for forms Now departed long a go?
10 I hear their gentle voices calling "Old Black Joe."

11 [Chorus] I'm coming, I'm coming, for my head is bending low:
12 I hear those gentle voices calling, "Old Black Joe."

13 [Solo] Where are the hearts once so happy and so free?
14 The children so dear that I held upon my knee,
15 Gone to the shore where my soul has longed to go.
16 I hear their gentle voices calling "Old Black Joe."

17 [Chorus] I'm coming, I'm coming, for my head is bending low:
18 I hear those gentle voices calling, "Old Black Joe."