Grandpa and Ramona Jones performs “Oh, Susanna” Live On Hee Haw 1970.

Grandpa Jones and his wife Ramona, performed many traditional songs over their long career, so this one was a familiar and comfortable one for them.

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OH SUSANNA

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“Oh Susanna” was composed by Stephen Foster in the 1800’s and it became his most popular composition, based on sheet music sales. Although it was not a Western song, the Sons of the Pioneers recorded it on a transcription in the 1930s and the early Western swing group, The Light Crust Doughboys, recorded it and sang it in a Gene Autry movie, in 1936. Grandpa Jones and his wife Ramona, performed many traditional songs over their long career, so this one was a familiar and comfortable one for them.

Some Versions
The Light Crust Doughboys November 1936
The Robert Shaw Chorale 1958
Connie Francis October 1961
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir 1965
Nevada Slim 1967
Lucky Star 1995
The Bubbadinos 2000
Stay Tuned String Band 2004
The Hillbilly Goats December 18, 2012

The Light Crust Doughboys Oh Susanna lyrics

Well I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee
And I’m bound for Louisiana, my own true love for to see
It did rain all night the day I left
The weather was bone dry
The sun was so hot I froze myself
Suzanne, don’t you go on and cry
I said, oh, Susannah
Now, don’t you cry for me
As I come from Alabama with this banjo on my knee
Well I had myself a dream the other night
When everything was still
I dreamed that I saw my girl Suzanne
She was coming around the hill
Now, the buckwheat cake was in her mouth
A tear was in her eye
I said, that I come from Dixie land
Suzanne, don’t you break down and cry
I said, oh, Susannah
Now, don’t you cry for me
Cause I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee

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