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My Old Kentucky Home: One of the most famous things associated with the Kentucky Derby is the singing of My Old Kentucky Home just before the post parade for the Kentucky Derby.

It's a tradition that makes most Kentuckians teary eyed and proud. The tradition and love for their horses makes this famous song a staple on Derby Day in Louisville.

Lyrics: Learn the lyrics so on Derby Day in Kentucky you can be part of this hallowed tradition.

Words and Music by: Stephen C. Foster

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home
'Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom,
While the birds make music all the day;
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy, and bright,
By'n by hard times comes a-knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night!


Weep no more, my lady,
Oh weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the old Kentucky home far away.


They hunt no more for the 'possum and the coon,
On meadow, the hill and the shore,
They sing no more by the glimmer of the moon,
On the bench by that old cabin door;
The day goes by like a shadow o'er the heart,
With sorrow where all was delight;
The time has come when the people have to part,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night!


The head must bow and the back will have to bend,
Wherever the people may go;
A few more days and the trouble all will end
In the field where sugar-canes may grow;
A few more days for to tote the weary load,
No matter, 'twill never be light,
A few more days till we totter on the road,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night!


The excitement is palpable and the hearts of all involved start to race as the singing of My Old Kentucky Home means that the Kentucky Derby is nearing a start.