Old Black Joe

Gone are the days when my heart was young and gay

Author: Stephen C. Foster
Tune: GONE FROM MY HEART
Published in 3 hymnals

Full Text

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

Chorus:
I'm coming, I'm coming,
For my head is bending low;
I hear those gentle voices calling, "Old Black Joe."

2 Why do I weep when my heart should feel no pain?
Why do I sigh that my friends come not again?
Grieving for forms now departed long ago,
I hear their gentle voices calling, "Old Black Joe." [Chorus]

3 Where are the hearts once so happy and so free?
The children so dear that I held upon my knee?
Gone to the shore where my soul has long'd to go,
I hear their gentle voices calling, "Old Black Joe." [Chorus]

Source: The Assembly Hymn and Song Collection: designed for use in chapel, assembly, convocation, or general exercises of schools, normals, colleges and universities. (3rd ed.) #224

Author: Stephen C. Foster

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Text Information

First Line: Gone are the days when my heart was young and gay
Title: Old Black Joe
Author: Stephen C. Foster
Refrain First Line: I hear their gentled voices calling, "Old Black Joe!"

Tune

GONE FROM MY HEART

Stephen Foster published this tune in 1853 with the following lyrics, entitled "Old Black Joe"; the hymn texts set to it are parodies of the parlor song: 1. Gone are the days when my heart was young and gay; Gone are my friends from the cottonfields away; Gone from the earth to a better land I know,…

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Instances

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Seth Parker's Hymnal #200Page Scan
Songs of Service: for use in assemblies of young people and older boys and girls #133Page Scan
The Assembly Hymn and Song Collection: designed for use in chapel, assembly, convocation, or general exercises of schools, normals, colleges and universities. (3rd ed.) #224TextPage Scan



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