Oh, Susanna

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Oh, Susanna

Below are the chord substitutions that I use to play the 1849 Stephen Foster (pictured above) folk song Oh, Susanna. I play the song in a moderate 4/4 tempo. This arrangement is a good example of substituting a standard (I-VIm-II7-V7) progression variation for a folk (I-V) progression. You've got to check out the James Taylor version of this song. The chord fingerings I use (in a Standard tuning) are as follows: C = x32010; Am7 = x02010; D7/F# = 2x021x; G = 32300x; F = 133211; and Fmaj7 = 1x2210.

Verse

C / / / Am7 / / / D7/F# / / / G7 / / /
C / / / Am7 / / / D7/F# / G7 / C / / /
C / / / Am7 / / / D7/F# / / / G7 / / /
C / / / Am7 / / / D7/F# / G7 / C / / /

Chorus

F / / / Fmaj7 / / / C / Am7 / D7/F# / G7 /
C / / / Am7 / / / D7/F# / G7 / C / / /

Lyrics

Verse:

      C                                     G7 
For I came from Alabama with my banjo on my knee
C                                   G7     C   
I'm going to Lou'siana my true love for to see
C                                    
It rained all night the day I left the weather it 
    G7 
was dry
    C                                   G7
The sun so hot I froze to death Susanna don't you
C
cry

Chorus:
    
F             C                 G7               
Oh Susanna oh don't you cry for me
      C                               G7    C
For I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee

Additional Verse Lyrics:

I had a dream the other night when ev'rything was still
I thought I saw Susanna 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

I soon will be in New Orleans and then I look all  around
And when I find Susanna I will fall upon the ground
But when I do not find her this boy will surely die
And when I'm dead and buried Susanna don't you cry

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