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The Miner's Song

(Farewell To The Gold)

Traditional


2 Nov 1992
cd imgHIMSELF (T-344)

  Live, Youngstown OH - 2.nov.1992  

Shotover River, your gold it is waning
And it's years since the color I've seen
No use just sitting, Lady Luck blaming
I'll pack up and make a break clean.

Farewell to the gold that never I found
Goodbye to the nuggets somewhere abound
For it's only when dreaming that I see you gleaming
Down in the dark deep underground.

It's nearly three years since I left my old mother
For adventure and gold by the pound
Jimmy the prospector, he was another
For the hills of Otago we were bound.

Farewell to the gold that never I found
Goodbye to the nuggets somewhere abound
For it's only when dreaming that I see you gleaming
Down in the dark deep underground.

We worked the Cardrona's dry valley all over
Old Jimmy Williams and me
They were panning good dust on the winding shotover
So we headed down there just to see.

Farewell to the gold that never I found
Goodbye to the nuggets somewhere abound
For it's only when dreaming that I see you gleaming
Down in the dark deep underground.

We sluiced and we cradled for day after day
Barely making enough to get by
Then a terrible flood swept poor Jimmy away
During six stormy days in July.

Farewell to the gold that never I found
Goodbye to the nuggets somewhere abound
For it's only when dreaming that I see you gleaming
Down in the dark deep underground.  up
    

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2 Nov 1992 1 HIMSELF (b)