STEPHEN C. FOSTER
Though his songs pre-dated the Civil War, Stephen Foster's melodies such as "Swannee River" and "Old Kentucky Home" were sung by soldiers and civilians of the North and South alike.
The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home;
'Tis summer, and everyone is 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.