1849

from by Andrew Branch

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At the request of a valued friend concerned about my public image, I would like to make it known that I am not married and have no children. While we’re being completely transparent, I also must admit that I was not alive for the California Gold Rush of 1849.

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Rolling down this westward trail,
I lit out of town like a thief who made bail,
leaving my newborn daughter and wife
to find my bed empty in the coming light.

They’ll be alright.

Well, I read it in the paper, and I heard it in the stand:
a man can make a fortune just reaching down his hand,
that California river’s overflowing with gold,
so I set off to claim my share of the fold.

Gila river, take me to the coast …

The times got tough, and it was too much to take.
They tried to work me dead or work me till I break.
But don’t you cry for me, you know I’ll be back soon;
I’m gonna be a rich a man, and I’ll be back for you.

Girl, I promise to.

Reverend said the heart is too wicked to know,
that ’49 fever gonna rot my soul,
but I don’t much mind if it’s dead and cold,
because I sold it to the devil for the promise of gold.

Gila river trail takes its toll.
You can’t save my soul.
Gila river, take me to the coast …

credits

from Pangaea, released March 15, 2014
Rick Branch / piano during 4th verse and bridge

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