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Thread #6228   Message #634298
Posted By: Sandy Paton
23-Jan-02 - 11:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Gold Miners' Songs (American)
Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Gold Miners' Songs (American)
Gene Autry recorded "Gold Mine in the Sky." I think it was sung in a movie, circa 1937, and probably written for it. Take the words given above and add, at the end:

Far away, far away,
We will find that long, lost gold mine some sweet day.
And we'll say "Hello" to friends who've said "Goodbye."
When we find that long, lost gold mine in the sky.

And Gene took it out with:

Far away, far away in the sky.

Clearly a recently composed song, but it worked its way into the oral tradition, in a limited fashion. Helen Schneyer recorded a version she learned from the wonderful Nova Scotia singer Fred Redden, who had misremembered it, unfortunately. It's on her Somber, Sacred and Silly CD, available through Folk-Legacy.