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Thread #6228   Message #301026
Posted By: radriano
19-Sep-00 - 06:55 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Gold Miners' Songs (American)
Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: THE CALIFORNIA SONG^^
How's about this one?

La Grange logbook, 1849
From "Songs the Whalemen Sang"

We've formed our band and we are all well manned
To journey afar to the promised land
Where the golden ore is thick in store
On the banks of the Sacramento

Then ho boys ho, to California go
For the mountains bold are covered with gold
On the banks of the Sacramento
Heigh ho, away we go
Digging up gold in Frisco

Oh the gold is thar most anywhar
They dig it out with an iron bar
And where it's thick with a spade and pick
They've taken out lumps as big as a brick

Oh don't you cry or heave a sigh
For we'll come back again by and by
Don't have a fear or shed a tear
But patiently wait for about two years

We expect our share of the coarsest fare
And sometimes sleep in the open air
Upon the cold ground we will sleep sound
Except when the wolves come howling round

Then we'll roam o'er the dark sea foam
But we'll never forget kind friends at home
For memory kind will bring to mind
The thoughts of those we've left behind

In the days of old the prophet told
Of the city to come all paved with gold
Peradventure they forsaw the day
Now dawning upon California

Here's the ABC notation

T:California Song, The
S:Songs the Whalemen Sang, from logbook of the ship Lagrange, 1849
F2 | A2A2 AA AA | B2A2A2A2 | F2AA E2AA | F2D2 D2FF | A2A2A2A2
B2A2 A2AA | F2AA E2A2 | F2D2 D2A,2 || D4 F4 | A6 d2 | B2A2d2B2 |
A6 AA | A2A2A2A2 | BBA2 A2AA | F2AA E2A2 | F2D4A,2 | D4 F4 | A2d2 B4 | BBA2 d2F2 | E2 D4 ||