Gone are my 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.”. I’m coming, I’m coming, for my head is bending low: I hear those gentle voices calling, “Old Black Joe.”. Why do I weep when my heart should feel no pain.
· OLD BLACK JOE This is a movie that is created. Great movie. I always like hearing about the independent movie industry. The history of this film is brilliant. Adding the music to the movie is appreciated. Would really like to see more visuals on this film. I will keep up with this movie. This is one to remember. I like it for all ages/
“Old Black Joe” was the last true hit of Foster’s career. Source: The text is M. C. Dean’s, and is very close to Foster’s original. The tune is taken from the original sheet music, with a little bit of fiddling with the timing (folk songs don’t have sixteenth notes); also, I Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins.
About Old Black Joe "Old Black Joe" is a parlor song by Stephen Foster (–). It was published by Firth, Pond & Co. of New York in Ken Emerson, author of the book Doo-Dah! (), indicates that Foster's fictional Joe was inspired by an African-American servant in the home of Foster's father-in-law, Dr. McDowell of Pittsburgh.
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