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Old Black Joe

Performer: Stephen Foster
[C]Gone are the days
When my [F]heart was young and [C]gay  
Gone are toils
Of the [Dm]cotton fields a[G]way  
[C]Gone to the fields
Of a [F]better land, I [C]know
I [G]hear those gentle [C]voices [F]callin' me
[C]Old [G]Black [C]Joe  

I'm comin', I'm comin'
Though my [F]head is bendin' [C]low  
I [G]hear those gentle [C]voices [F]callin' me
[C]Old [G]Black [C]Joe  

[C]Why do I weep, when my [F]heart should feel no [C]pain,
Why do I sigh that my [Dm]friends come not a[G]gain?
[C]Grieving for forms now de[F]parted long a[C]go.  
I [G]hear their gentle [C]voices [F]calling [C]Old [G]Black [C]Joe.

I'm comin', I'm comin'
Though my [F]head is bendin' [C]low  
I [G]hear those gentle [C]voices [F]callin' me
[C]Old [G]Black [C]Joe  

[C]Where are the hearts once so [F]happy and so [C]free?
The children so dear that I [Dm]held upon my [G]knee?
[C]Gone to the shore where my [F]soul has longed to [C]go,  
I [G]hear their gentle [C]voices [F]calling [C]Old [G]Black [C]Joe.
I'm comin', I'm comin'
Though my [F]head is bendin' [C]low  
I [G]hear those gentle [C]voices [F]callin' me
[C]Old [G]Black [C]Joe  

Gone are the days
When my heart was young and gay
Gone are toils
Of the cotton fields away
Gone to the fields
Of a better land, I know
I hear those gentle voices callin' me
Old Black Joe

I'm comin', I'm comin'
Though my head is bendin' low
I hear those gentle voices callin' me
Old Black Joe

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.

I'm comin', I'm comin'
Though my head is bendin' low
I hear those gentle voices callin' me
Old Black Joe

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.
I'm comin', I'm comin'
Though my head is bendin' low
I hear those gentle voices callin' me
Old Black Joe

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