The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #14644   Message #2686896
Posted By: Joe Offer
25-Jul-09 - 01:20 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Hoodah Day Shanty/Banks of the Sacramento
Subject: RE: INFO on Hoodah Day Shanty/Banks of the Sacramento
I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in California, an area fabled in story and song. I keep looking for songs that tell the story of my home, but I've found very few that really interest me. John A. Stone ("Old Put") published his popular songsters in the 1850's, but very few of Stone's songs give me satisfaction. I suppose the three Gold Rush songs I've known all my life are "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (Stone), "Clementine" (but is it really from the Gold Rush?), and "Banks of the Sacramento," which is more a sea shanty than a mining song.

Here's what the Traditional Ballad Index has to say about "Banks of the Sacramento":