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Folksong: Rochester, My Home
Graj, Panu, Graj!

Christmas CD
Polish Folk Music *** Nursery Rhymes *** Folk Music Ensembles *** Muzyka Ludowa *** Biesiadne 

Rochester, My Home 
Performed by Bob Johnson
Why I wrote this song

1. I’m on my way to Rochester, 
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Rochester, Rochester.

I’m on my way to Rochester, 
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Rochester, New York.

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Take me back to my hometown,
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Where the Genesee kisses Lake Ontar-EYE-o
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Rochester, New York, my home,
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Rochester, my home.

2. I’m in love with Rochester, Rochester, Rochester
I’m in love with Rochester, Rochester, New York.

Take me back to my hometown,
Where the Genesee kisses Lake Ontar-EYE-o
Rochester, New York, my home,
Rochester, my home.

Take me back to my hometown,
Where the Genesee kisses Lake Ontar-EYE-o
Rochester, New York, my home.
Rochester, my home

Copyright © 2010, Robert J. Johnson
Polonia Music

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church 
1150 Hudson Ave.
Rochester, N.Y.
Corner of Hudson Ave. & Norton Street
The Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies
University of Rochester's River Campus, at 101 Harkness Hall
Rochester, N.Y.


Where exactly does the Genesee River "kiss" Lake Ontario?
Right here!
Rochester's Maplewood Park is SPECTACULAR!
Entering Irondequot Bay from Lake Ontar-EYE-o
Rochester's Hghland Park
This is not my house! It's the George Eastman House located on East Avenue. George Eastman founded the Eastman Kodak Company and did many wonderful things for Rochester.
This was taken at the University of Rochester.
A good place to take photos of Rochester's Center City is from Cobb's Hill, near Monroe and Culver.
People come from miles around to see the lilacs at Highland Park. 
Rochester, My Home
Photo Gallery
Irondequoit Bay near Seabreeze Amusement Park 
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
 500 University Ave.
 Rochester, NY 14607
Museum Website
Why I wrote the  song "Rochester, My Home"
Every great city needs its own song -- and Rochester, New York is a GREAT city! New York, Chicago, San Francisco all have their own anthems, but as far as I can tell, Rochester, doesn't really have a tune it can call its own. Wichita has one, El Paso has one, so why not Rochester? I am sure songs have been written about Rochester over the years, but for the life of me I can't think of one. Can you? If so, why don't we ever sing it? Why don't we every hear it?

Maybe "Rochester, My Home" is the solution. Although it is undeniably folksy and sounds like it was written before the opening of the Erie Canal, I believe it has all the elements of a song our community can sing with pride, like Texans singing " The Yellow Rose of Texas" or southerners singing "Dixie". Many of the songs associated with the cities mentioned above are really just too difficult for the average Joe or Josephine to sing. "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" for example is a beautiful song that conjures up romantic images of cable cars and twinkling stars, but only Tony Bennett and a few other professional crooners are able to get through it. Similarly,I doubt New Yorkers returning home from family vacation are able to sing more than two lines of "New York, New York". It's just too hard to sing. The lyrics and melody for "Rochester, My Home" are so simple, on the other hand, that anyone can sing it! It even lends itself to harmony, in my opinion.

Whether or not "Rochester, My Home" becomes our anthem, I think a song that we can call our own would add a great deal to our sense of community. Let's show our love for Rochester, and start singing about it!

Rochester Skyline / Highland Park

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Location: Monroe Ave & Canterbury Rd.
Rochester, New York
Nokia Lumia
has the best camera.
"Les Feuilles mortes"/ Montage of Rochester-Area Sculptures
Montage of Rochester-Area Sculptures

The video on the left was supposed to be a little different. I had some pretty good footage of falling leaves taken during our windstorm last fall. Unfortunately when I got around to recording the music, I couldn't find the files on my hard drive. As an alternative I used photos of various sculptures taken in or near our city. I hope you find them entertaining. At any rate, this is a good tune to end up the year.

"Autumn Leaves" is a much-recorded popular song. Originally it was a 1945 French song "Les feuilles mortes" (literally "The Dead Leaves") with music by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert, and the Hungarian title is "Hulló levelek" (Falling Leaves). Yves Montand (with Irène Joachim) introduced "Les feuilles mortes" in 1946 in the film Les Portes de la Nuit.

Les feuilles mortes 

Oh ! je voudrais tant que tu te souviennes
 Des jours heureux où nous étions amis.
 En ce temps-là la vie était plus belle,
 Et le soleil plus brûlant qu'aujourd'hui.
 Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle.
 Tu vois, je n'ai pas oublié...
 Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle,
 Les souvenirs et les regrets aussi
 Et le vent du nord les emporte
 Dans la nuit froide de l'oubli.
 Tu vois, je n'ai pas oublié
 La chanson que tu me chantais.

 C'est une chanson qui nous ressemble.
 Toi, tu m'aimais et je t'aimais
 Et nous vivions tous les deux ensemble,
 Toi qui m'aimais, moi qui t'aimais.
 Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s'aiment,
 Tout doucement, sans faire de bruit
 Et la mer efface sur le sable
 les pas des amants désunis.

Fallen leaves

Oh I would like you so much to remember
 The joyful days when we were friends.
 At that time, life was more beautiful
 And the sun burned more than it does today.
 Fallen leaves can be picked up by the shovelful.
 You see, I have not forgotten...
 Fallen leaves can be picked up by the shovelful,
 So can memories and regrets.
 And the north wind takes them
 Into the cold night of oblivion.
 You see, I have not forgotten
 The song you used to sing me.

 This song is like us.
 You used to love me and I used to love you
 And we used to live together,
 You loving me, me loving you.
 But life separates lovers,
 Slowly, without a sound,
 And the sea erases the footprints on the sand
Of lovers living apart.
As of September 30, 2015 RocCam is no longer available for public viewing.