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Thread #92300   Message #3680047
Posted By: Joe Offer
25-Nov-14 - 10:59 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Colorado Trail
Subject: ADD Version: Colorado Trail (Sandburg)
So, as far as we can tell, the earliest printed version of the song is in Carl Sandburg's American Songbag (1927), page 462.

Here are Sandburg's notes:

So, these are the earliest known printed lyrics for this song.


Eyes like the morning star
Cheek like a rose;
Laura was a pretty girl,
God Almighty knows.

Weep all ye little rains,
Wail, winds, wail,
All along, along, along
The Colorado trail.

In the initial post, Barry Finn provides very similar lyrics, which he found in a CD booklet from a recording by Skip Gorman. I'm not sure how Barry came up with James A. Bliss as songwriter and 1923 as the date of writing. I haven't been able to find any documentation of that.

This link will take you to background information on the song, and several recordings: