Christy's Plantation Melodies

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8                Christy's plantation melodies.
I Long for My Home in Kentuck.
Music, with Piano Forte accompaniment, published by J. C. Beckel, No. 3, North Tenth St., Philadelphia.
I long-, how I long for my home in Kentuck,
With its fields where I labored, so green, Where the possum and the coon, and the juicy wild duck,
And the 'bacco so prime, I have seen; There I've fished from the banks of the Masella creek,
And oft, in the shade of the night, Have I watched with my gun, nigh the old Salt Lick,
For the game as it come to my sight.
Chorus. There is my old cabin home,
There is my sisters and brother,
There is my wife, joy of my life,
My child, and the grave of my mother.
That hut, my dear home, my log-cabin home,
With the bench that I stood at the door, Where, weary at night, from my work I would come,
And there rest, ere I stepped on its floor. The calabash vine, that then clung to its walls,
Oh ! 'tis dear in my memory still to me, And my master, who lives in his own handsome halls
Not so happy as then I could be.
Chorus. There is my old cabin home, &c.
But that cabin is far, far away from me now,
I am far from the scenes that I love, Far away from that wife who once heard me vow
That forever I faithful would prove— My friends are still there, and still there is my child,
And still there, all in life, I most crave—• Still there is that mound, with its flowers so wild,
That covers my old mother's grave.
Chorus. There is my old cabin home, &c.