A California Song

A California Song

A California Song

Since times are so hard, I’ll tell you my sweet heart
I’m about for to leave off my plow & my cart
And go to California a Country you know
To double my fortune as other folks do.

For here we may labor each day in the field
And winter consumes all that summer doth yield.

Yes husband I’ve noticed with sorrowful heart
Of times you’ve neglected your plow & your cart
Your horses, sheep, cattle at random doth run
And your new Sunday jacket goes everyday on.

So stay on your farm and suffer no loss
For the stone that keeps rolling will gather no moss.

Come wife let’s be going there’s no time to wait
I long to be going I long to be great
Where you a fine lady & who knows but I
May be some rich governor long ‘ere I die.

For here we may labor each day in the field
And winter consumes all that summer doth yield.

Oh! husband remember your lands are to clear
And will cost you the labor of many a year
Your horses — sheep — cattle — are all for to buy
And before you get settled you’re ready to die.

So stay on your farm and suffer no loss
For the stone that keeps rolling will gather no moss.

Come wife let’s be going, there’s no time to stand
I’ll buy you a farm all cleared to your hand
Where horses, sheep, cattle are not very dear
And we’ll feast on fat buffalo half of the year.

For here we may labor each day in the field
And winter consumes all that summer doth yield.

Oh! husband remember your lands of delight
Are surrounded by Indians who murder by night
Your house they will plunder & burn to the ground
Your wife & dear children leave murdered around.

So stay on your farm and suffer no loss
For the stone that keeps rolling will gather no moss.

Dear wife, you’ve convinced me, I’ll argue no more
I never once thought of your dying before
I love my dear children although they are small
And I love my dear wife, more precious than all.

So I’ll stay on my farm & abide by the loss,
For the stone that keeps rolling will gather no moss.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s