"The California Gold Diggers" Gold Rush Song

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 The California Gold Diggers  Gold Rush Song
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Original sheet music printed in 1849, “The California Gold Diggers” Song and chorus as sung by the Hutchinsons and Barkers with rapturous applause the words by Jesse Hutchinson Jr. Music adapted and arranged by Nathan Barker. S. W. Marsh Main Stret, Springfield. E. L. Walker, 160 Chestnut St., Philadelphia 1849. No cover, about 11 x 15”. Classic words:

“We’ve formed our band and we’re all mann’d
To journey afar To the promised land.
Where the golden ore Is rich in store
On the banks Of the Sacramento to shore.

Then Ho, Boys ho! To California Go
There’s plenty of gold in the world we’re told
On the banks of the Sacramento.
Heigh-ho! And away we go
Digging up the gold on the Francisco

O, the gold is thar most any whar
And they dig it out rich with an iron bar
And where tis thick, with a spade or a pick
They’ll take out lumps as “big as a brick!”

Then ho, boys & c.

Original gold rush music is quite rare. These songs, and the articles in local newspapers such as in the large towns like Philadelphia, were sure to generate excitement. And when the gold came in from the family members in California, it all became a reality. State: California City: Date: 1848 Al Adams Collection. HWAC# 57446