(Melody by Stephen Foster, Lyrics from the 1849 Gold Rush)
1. Sing and heave and heave and sing, Hoo-dah, Hoo-dah,
Heave and make the hand-spikes spring, Hoo-dah, hoo-dah day.
Ho, boys, ho! For Californio!
There’s plenty of gold, so I’ve been told on the banks of Sacramento.
2. From Limehouse Docks to Sydney Heads…
Was never more than seventy days… Refrain
3. We cracked it on a big skiute…
And the old man felt like a swell galoot… Refrain
- Country: Western states (U.S.) / American West
- Subject: sea shanties
- Form: AB
- Harmony: I IV V chords
- Melody: tonic triad
- Meter: 4
- Scale: hexachord
- Tones: drmfsl
- Source: The American Songbag, Carl Sandburg, Harcout Brace and Company, 1927
- Same tune as Camptown Races, but the lyrics are for the 1849 Gold Rush
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