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Oh Susanna

I come from Alabama,
With a banjo on my knee,
I’m going to Louisiana,
My true love for to see.

It rained all night the day I left,
The weather it was dry,
The sun so hot, I froze to death,
Susanna, don’t you cry.

Oh, Susanna,
Now don’t you cry for me,
For I come from Alabama,
With a banjo on my knee.

I had a dream the other night,
When everything was still,
I dreamed I saw Susanna dear,
A-coming down the hill.

The buckwheat cake was in her mouth,
The tear was in her eye,
Says I, “I’m coming from the south,
Susanna, don’t you cry.”

Oh, Susanna,
Now don’t you cry for me,
For I come from Alabama,
With a banjo on my knee.

I come from Alabama,
With a banjo on my knee,
I’m going to Louisiana,
My true love for to see.

Oh, Susanna,
Now don’t you cry for me,
For I come from Alabama,
With a banjo on my knee.


A great way to sing this is to have a single person do the main lyrics and then have the whole group join in for the ‘Oh Susanna’ chorus.

Print this classic American campfire song for your next Den meeting or Pack camp out! For more great ideas, check out our Scout song list.

Use this song to fulfill one of the following Cub Scout Adventure requirements:

  • Tiger
    • Tiger Tales #6: Sing two folk songs.

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