American Old Time Song Lyrics: 38 On The Levee By The River Side

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 38

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On the Levee by the River Side.
Copyright, 1880. by White, Smith & Co.
By Fred Warren.

In the old Kentucky state, just before the war begin,
On the levee by the river side;
I was but a pickaninny 'mong my kindred, kith and kin,
On the levee by the river side.
There's the aged Uncle Ned, he am dead long ago,
On the levee by the river side;
He played upon the bones, picked the old banjo,
On the levee by the river tide.

Chorus.
I'm going home again, soon I'll be home again,
For to dance with stater Sue, aunt Sophia and stumpy Lou,
On the levee by the river side.

Ev'ry morning we would gather 'round the old cabin door,
On the levee by the river side,
Where we used to pick the cotton so early in the morn',
On the levee by the river side;
Unkle Ben would carve the possum, how the darkies all would prance,
On the levee by the river side;
When he picked upon his banjo, and how we used to dance,
On the levee by the river side.- Chorus.

Oh, them good old happy days, they will never come again,
On the levee by the river side;
When we used to play around in the sunshine and the rain,
On the levee by the river side;
When the Mississippi steamboat up the river she would come,
On the levee by the river side,
And she used to blow her whistle, how the darkies all would run,
On the levee by the river side.-Chorus.
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