Traditional - My Old Kentucky Home

First performance: 11/12/1984


Bruce used the song two times as a snippet:
includes a local favorite "My Old Kentucky Home". 
1988-03-26 Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY


"My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!" is an anti-slavery ballad written by Stephen Foster, probably composed in 1852. It was published in January 1853 by Firth, Pond, & Co. of New York. Foster was likely inspired by Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, with imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky farm called Federal Hill. In Foster's sketchbook, the song was originally entitled "Poor Uncle Tom, Good-Night!", but he altered it to "My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!" Frederick Douglass wrote in his 1855 autobiography My Bondage and My Freedom that the song "awakens sympathies for the slave, in which antislavery principles take root, grow, and flourish". "My Old Kentucky Home" is the state song of Kentucky, adopted in 1928. Today you hear it at sporting events in Kentucky, most notably the Kentucky Derby.

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist


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