Oh, Susanna

Information About Oh, Susanna

"Oh! Susanna" was written by Stephen Collins Foster who was known as the "father of American Music". Published in 1848 the song is sometimes referred to as "Banjo on My Knee".

"Oh Susannah" became known as the "forty-niners" theme song after it changed its lyrics and was sung by miners during the California Gold Rush.

A note on pronouncing "Louisiana" in the song, phonetically it's pronounced Loo-zee-anna.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

An alternative version popular in the south of America

Oh, Suzannah,
Oh, don't you cry for me
I've come from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee.

It rained all night the day I left,
The weather it was dry,
Sun so hot I froze to death,
Suzannah, don't you cry.

Oh, Suzannah,
Oh, don't you cry for me.
I'm going to Louisiana,
My true love for to see.

I had a dream the other night,
When everything was still.
I thought I saw Suzannah
A'comin' down the hill.
A buckwheat cake was in her mouth,
A tear was in her eye.
Says I "I'm comin' from the South!"
Suzannah don't you cry.

Oh, Suzannah,
Oh, don't you cry for me.
I've come from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee.

Another similar Southern version

I come from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee
I'm going to Louisiana,
My true love for to see.

It rained all night
The day I left
The weather it was dry
The sun so hot,
I froze to death
Susanna, don't you cry.

Oh, Susanna,
Oh don't you cry for me
For I come from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee.

I had a dream the other night
When everything was still
I thought I saw Susanna
A-coming down the hill.

The buckwheat cake
Was in her mouth
The tear was
In her eye
Says I, I'm coming from the south
Susanna, don't you cry

Oh, Susanna,
Oh don't you cry for me
For I come from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee.

O I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee
I'm bound for Louisiana
My true love for to see.

Another version you can sing to

O Susanna O don't you cry for me
I've come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee.

I had a dream the other night
When everything was still
I thought I saw Susanna bright
A comin' round the hill.

O Susanna
O don't you cry for me
I've come from Alabama
With a banjo on my knee.

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6 Comments

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Carissa, United States

14 June 2011 at 7:11pm

i guess it was pretty good but ive heard better verions try looking up the song on youtube

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Clista, United States

12 May 2011 at 7:41pm

i sung the other song for school the i came from albama with a banjo on my knee.

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Cristina, Richland/usa

4 July 2010 at 11:01pm

i love this song esspecialy the sun so hot i froze to death

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Cristina, Candy Land

12 August 2009 at 3:05pm

it was good. i have to say!

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Olivia, Fosston, Minnesota

26 July 2009 at 11:43pm

Didn't you expect it to be good? It IS a classic folk song, after all!

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Jenny B., West Covina, Ca, Usa

10 May 2009 at 7:34am

this is a really popular song back then? its actually pretty good :)

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