Lyrics: First verse 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,) I'm coming, (I'm coming), For my head is bending low; I hear their gentle voices calling ""Old Black Joe."" Second verse 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) Third Verse 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 longed to go. I hear their gentle voices calling ""Old Black Joe."" (Chorus)
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The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Read the introduction for further information to use when contextualizing this item: http://22.214.171.124/cdm4/intro_harris.php