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Oh, Susanna

Oh, I came from Alabama with my banjo on my knee,
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Oh, Susanna

Oh, I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee,
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There seem to be many versions for the famous song "Oh, susanna." Which one is commonly sang, #1 or #2?

What is the meaning of "I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee"?

1. I will come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee.

2. I am on the way of coming now from Alabama with my banjo on my knee.

3. Or, what else ...?

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asked by rfvv
  1. #2 is more commonly sung, as it reflects the folksy hillbilly type of feel of the song. I have never heard #1 used. Ever.

    As for the meaning,
    #1 Nope.
    #2 maybe, in the sense that the singer is on a trip, coming from Alabama.

    #3 an ungrammatical rendering of "I have come" or "I came" indicating that the journey is over. This would be similar to

    I been to the store for corn meal.
    I done et dinner.
    I swan, I dassn't say no to the master.

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  2. Steve is right. It means that the singer had been in Alabama (maybe was born there?), but now is wherever he/she is as he/she is singing.

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