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Thread #14644   Message #3190401
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
18-Jul-11 - 09:32 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Hoodah Day Shanty/Banks of the Sacramento
Subject: Lyr Add: BANKS OF SACRAMENTO
Some diferent lines:

BANKS OF SACRAMENTO

Oh, New York's race course is nine miles long.
To me, hoodah ! To me, hoodah !
Oh, New York's race course is nine miles long.
To me, hoodah ! To me, hoodah day !

Then it's blow, my bully boys, blow,
for Californ-i-o,
There's plenty of gold so I've been told
on the banks of Sacramento.

A bully ship and a bully crew,
A bully mate and a skipper too.

Oh, New Yok's race track, where we stood,
We bet on all they said was good.

Our watch, our shoes and every rag,
But lost our money on a bob-tail nag.

Our money all gone we shipped to go
Around Cape Horn, where strong winds blow.

We're bound for Californ-i-o;
For gold and banks of Sacramento.

"In order to make the chantey last throughout the hoist, the chanteyman usually repeated each line of the verse."

Frederick Pease Harlow, 1928, The Making of a Sailor, Dover reprint of Publication 17 of the Marine Research Society, Salem, MA.