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Down Among the Cane-Brakes
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(published by Firth, Pond & Co., N.Y., 1860)
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1.
Once I could laugh and play,
When in life’s early day,
Then I was far away
Down among the cane-brakes.
Chorus:
Down among the cane-brakes on the Mississipi shore
Oh! those happy days, those happy days are o’er!
Oh! those happy days will come back no more!
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Yes I was free from care;
All was bright summer there;
Dark days to me were fair
Down among the cane-brakes.
Chorus:
There lived a lovely one,
Who like the rest has gone,
She might have been my own
Down among the cane-brakes.
Chorus:
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5.
There lived my mother dear
(Gone from this world I fear)
There rang our voices clear
Down among the cane-brakes.
Chorus:
Long years have glided by
Since then I breathed each sigh,
May I return to die
Down among the cane-brakes.
Chorus:
   
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