Oh! Susanna! (1848 Pub Dom re-write! Yeehaww!)

Oh! Susanna! (1848 Pub Dom re-write! Yeehaww!)



Liner Notes: 

This was a first-pass, one-take, recorded while writing it bounce track. I like how it's going, so did as well, the same kind of Overdubs, and here it is! Smile


Oh Susanna was, when created, idomatically, stylistically loaded. An original recording may exist, however, I did not look that far into it.

There are many versions and revisions, many due to the language changes over the years from 1848, through the years it was engaged, up to today. I remember in elementary school, the class singing the Chorus several times, and that was it. Actually until today, off and on, I wondered, "what is the rest of that song?". So, today I found out. Ohhhhhhhh... oh my.

So, I did a little re-writing as well anyway, slight too for how I feel about the song, "banjo on my *need", (singing for a love), -- yes as my music pleads my feelings, love and things important, a "banjo on my need" makes sense to me. And, other slight from the edited version in pub dom.

Also, --
within our, my family we use the word "darkie" (darky) in reference to ourselves, or "brownie" because we tend to get a bit darker or more "brown" in the summer. However, to fully avoid any comment or offense, or professionally-offended folks seeking out, finding issue for their living, -- I changed it to "Sparky":

Common definition:
spark·y, sparkie
adjective - British
lively and high-spirited personality; or, an electrician Wink

Citing as well:
-- "Oh! Susanna" is a minstrel song by Stephen Foster (1826–1864), first published in 1848. It is among the most popular American songs ever written. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

-- Description: Gene Autry, in Oh, Susanna!.png. English: Snapshot from Oh, Susanna! (1936) Public domain. This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed.



I come... from Alabama with a banjo on my need,
Going, Louisiana, my true love for to seed
It, did rain all night the day I left her, the weather, it was dry
The sun so hot, I froze to death, Susanna, don't you cry

Oh, Susanna, don't you cry, cry for me
For I come from Alabama
with a banjo on my need

I had a dream the other night when everything was still
I thought I saw Susanna, coming up the hill
The buckwheat cake was in her mouth, a tear was in her eye
I said I'm coming from Dixieland, Susanna don't you cry.

Oh, Susanna, don't you cry, oh cry for me
For I come from Alabama,
with my banjo on my need

I soon will be, in New Orleans, and then I'll look around
And when I find my gal Susanne, I'll fall, upon, the ground
But if I do not find her, this sparky'll surely die
and when I'm dead and buried Susanna don't, don't you cry

Oh, oh Susanna, don't you cry, cry for me
For I come from Alabama,
with my banjo on my need

(c) ustaknow (alias) all rights reserved

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


cindyrella's picture

What an interesting and super way to do a classic song and make it all your own! Awesome!

A good folk-rock/Americana version. Nicely reimagined for a modern audience. Pretty cool.

benjo's picture

Yeah WOW

you certainly made this your own
loved the vocal on this plenty of gruff
a real nice story to tell and you told it well
really enjoyed this