"'The sun shines bright,' warbles the Colonel, 'on my old Kentucky home.'"

My Old Kentucky Home is the state song of Kentucky, USA.  It was written in 1853 by Stephen Foster, known as 'the father of American music' for songs such as Oh! Susanna and Swanee River.  The state of Kentucky formally adopted the song in 1928. It describes life on a slave plantation and is not unsympathetic to slaves, although some words, such as 'darkies,' have been changed. It is sung at major sporting events in Louisville, the state capital, and has featured in several films including Gone With the Wind (1939).  Several recordings have been made, including one by Johnny Cash in 1975.