Music: Black Stephen Foster

Carry me back to old Virginny,

There's where the cotton and the corn and tatoes grow,

There's where the birds warble sweet in the springtime,

There's where the old darkey's heart am long'd to go.

In 1875 a dapper young Negro minstrel-show man named James A. Bland penned these words, wrote a tune to go with them, and launched one of the most perennially popular of U. S. songs. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny was sung so long & loud that 63 years later the Virginia Conservation Commission wanted it made Virginia's official State anthem....

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