Down Home in Tennessee (Bamforth series 4953)

"Down Home in Tennessee" was a set of three hand-coloured postcards published by Bamforth & Co. Ltd. of Holmfirth.

The text is based on the song "Just Try to Picture Me Down Home in Tennessee"[1], written by William Jerome[2] (words) and Walter Donaldson[3] (music).

The postcards were published as series number 4953.

The railway station featured in the first postcard is Wemyss Bay[4], designed by James Miller in 1903 for the Caledonian Railway.[5]

Down Home in Tennessee (1)

I'm so happy, oh, so happy, don't you envy me?
I leave to-day at three for sunny Tennessee;
Dad and mother, sis' and brother, waiting for me there
And at the table, next to Mabel, there's an extra chair.

Down Home in Tennessee (2)

Back home in Tennessee, just try to picture me
Right on my mother's knee, she thinks the world of me;
All I can think of to-night is a field of snowy white,
Banjo ringing, darkies singing, all this world seems bright.
The roses round the door makes me love my mother more;
I'll see my sweetheart Flo, and friends I used to know,
Why, they'll be right there to meet me, just imagine how they'll greet me
When I get back, when I get back to my home in Tennessee.

Down Home in Tennessee (3)

At the station my relations all will be on hand,
With a Home-town band, the best band in the land;
Hezekiah and Maria, they'll hand me a laugh,
And my old dad will be so glad, he'll kill the fatted calf.


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