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Karen Kane - Klondike prostitute song

AnneMC 18 Jan 12 - 11:21 PM
Leadfingers 19 Jan 12 - 04:58 AM
Sandra in Sydney 19 Jan 12 - 07:18 AM
AnneMC 24 Jan 12 - 04:20 AM
theleveller 24 Jan 12 - 04:33 AM
Ross Campbell 24 Jan 12 - 06:12 AM
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Subject: Karen Kane - Klondike prostitute song
From: AnneMC
Date: 18 Jan 12 - 11:21 PM

Found this interesting song on Youtube, sung by a fine young singer/songwriter called Rachel Harrington

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeSUWW-uGco

About an Alaskan prostitute in the time of the Klondike gold rush.
Several gaps/errors where I need help with the lyrics!

Karen Kane (written and sung by Rachel Harrington)


Swing of a pick, an axe and a hole
Caste my lot wither you can’t go
Pockets full of greed and lust
Angels in the devil’s dust

Across Chilkoot Pass with an old pack mule
Miners and men call me a fool
A woman like you shouldn’t break no sweat
A woman like me just running to forget


        Karen Kane... come back again
        the ......... is gold
        oh that child taken on so young
        The life I live is so unsung
                

So I got me a job with old Dutch Gage
Keep the deck stacked full of....
Keeping every last dime on a two dollar dance
Or fifteen cents on whiskey romance

Strut your stuff when you flash that loot
and your mukluk shoes and your macanaw suit
pockets deep on a Klondike claim
About enough to make a hard earned ....


That midnight sun in Dolsum town
Was all I want for a wedding gown
To give my best to Napolean Jack
To tell him I ain’t never coming back


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Subject: RE: Karen Kane - Klondike prostitute song
From: Leadfingers
Date: 19 Jan 12 - 04:58 AM

Intersting ! John Warner wrote a song about Kitty Kane , who was an Australian lady in the same line of business !


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Subject: RE: Karen Kane - Klondike prostitute song
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Jan 12 - 07:18 AM

I was also wondering about John's song as I opened this thread

Karen Kane lyrics here


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Subject: RE: Karen Kane - Klondike prostitute song
From: AnneMC
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 04:20 AM

Thanks so much, Sandra! I had so many bad mistakes!

Here is the correct version that Sandra found:

Karen Kane

Written by: Rachel Harrington

A shovel, a pick, an axe and a hoe
Cast my lot with the Yukon gold
Pockets full of greed and lust
Angels in the devil's dust

Cross Quilkoot Pass with an old pack mule
Miners and men call me a fool
A woman like you shouldn't break no sweat
A woman like me just running to forget

Karen Kane come back again
The bed you left unmade is cold
Oh, that child, taken so young
A life unlived, a song unsung

Got me a job at old Dutch Kate's
Keep a deck stacked full of aces and eights
I keep every last dime on a two dollar dance
And fifteen cents on whiskey romance

Strut your stuff when you flash that loot
In your Mukluk shoes and your Makinaw suit
Pockets deep on a Klondike King
About enough to make a harlot sing

Karen Kane come back again
The bed you left unmade is cold
Oh, that child, taken so young
A life unlived, a song unsung

That midnight sun in Dawson town
Is all I want for a wedding gown
So give my best to Napoleon Jack
But tell him I ain't never coming back


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Subject: RE: Karen Kane - Klondike prostitute song
From: theleveller
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 04:33 AM

The California gold rush started today (24 January) in 1848. There's a story in my father's family that one of my ancestors headed out there from Yorkshire to make his fortune but, having failed to find gold, married a lady hot air balloonist and was never heard of again.


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Subject: RE: Karen Kane - Klondike prostitute song
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 06:12 AM

It's Chilkoot Pass -

Google Search - Images of Chilkoot Pass, 1890s

Ross


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