Banks of Sacramento


(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

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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