The Lives of an American Song. Rather changing the lyrics Vaughan signifies on the song, gently recognizing the irony of her singing this ode to a mythic South, and the moment passes. Black singers have spent generations trying to cross over and appeal to broad audiences, and detaching themselves from race is often the condition for gaining acceptance. When you sing it you inherit its baggage based on what you keep and what you exclude. They wanted Paul Robeson to sing it originally but musical theater actor Jules Bledsoe premiered it on Broadway in The song is also famous for using dialect in its lyrics i.
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Foster was a Northerner yet many of his songs had Southern themes. He died broke at age 37, yet millions of twenty-first century Americans are still able to sing along whenever many of his songs are played. This is the kind of thing state legislatures are good at— choosing state songs, state birds, state flowers, etc. Carl Hines was offended, ergo all black people in the state of Kentucky were being insulted and the legislature had to do the important work of rewriting one word from a year old song. This is exactly the kind of law that state legislatures should NOT focus on. I understand that words can be offensive and I feel badly that Hines had his little feelings hurt, but there is no unalienable right not to be offended. The best way to protect individual rights is to do just that.
Please check back for more Doris Day lyrics. Lot of folks from the neighbor hood would gather and sing along. What a great time. I love these old songs
Incredibly, I found it in a stack of music on the bottom shelf of a cabinet— A Treasury of Stephen Foster , illustrated with preface, historical notes, and arrangements. Stephen Foster was born on the Fourth of July in , slavery was the law of the land and California was still part of Mexico. On that same day, the second and third presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, died—the country was only 50 years old.