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Thread #14644 Message #127031
Posted By: Barry Finn
22-Oct-99 - 10:39 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Hoodah Day Shanty/Banks of the Sacramento
Subject: RE: INFO on Hoodah Day Shanty?
There are 2 versions in the DT, enter into the search box Sacramento & that'll get them for you. Therre are 4 versions in Hugill's "Shanties From the Seven Seas". Doerflinger has 3 versions in his "Shantymen & Shantyboys" & it seems he has a close version placed onboard a ship a year before Foster (acc. to him 1850) wrote Camptown Races.Hunington also has a close version (same as Doerflinger's) The California Song from the log of the LaGrange 1849. Here's that chorus:
"Then ho bo boys ho to California go Shay does have a version, it might be that you're looking for this using a different name & not having much luck. A few real nice recordings of this are done by Holstock & McLoed on their shanties of the goldrush & the Mystic Seaport Shantymen on their American Sea Chanteys (complete with them working & sounds of the capstan).
For the mountains bold are covered with gold
On the banks of the Sacramento
Heigh ho away we go
Digging up gold in Frisco