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DOWN IN ALABAM. AKA and see "Out of the Wilderness," "White Horse (2) (The)." American. "Down in Alabam" is derived from the venerable "Old Grey Mare (The)." The words for this version (published in 1858) are credited to J. Warner under the "Down to Alabam" title, but the music is thought to have been supplied by Daniel Decatur Emmett. The tune/song is better known nowadays as "Old Grey Mare Came Tearing Out of the Wilderness (The)," which begins:

The old grey mare, she ain't what she used to be,
Ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be.

John Church Jr. of Cincinnati published a version called "Get out of the Wilderness" in 1860.

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