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Sacramento, A Song About the California Gold Rush

Sacramento


During the California Gold Rush, the miners often sang as they worked. The steady rhythms of working songs helped the miners perform repetitive tasks. Making up verse after verse helped keep the miners alert through long, dull days. These features are reflected in "Sacramento," a popular song of the time.


We've formed our band and we are well manned
Dooda, dooda!
To journey a-far to the Promised Land.
Dooda, dooda, day!
Where the golden ore is rich in store,
On the banks of the Sacramento shore.
Dooda, dooda, day.

Then ho, boys, ho, to California go!
There's plenty of gold, so I've been told,
On the banks of the Sacramento!

As the gold is thar most anywhar
Dooda, dooda!
And they dig it out with an iron bar
Dooda, dooda, day.
And whar 'tis thick with a spade or pick.
Dooda, dooda, day.

Then ho, boys, ho, to California go!
There's plenty of gold, so I've been told,
On the banks of the Sacramento!