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Lyr Add: Sutter's Mill (Dan Fogelberg) (8) Lyr Add: SUTTER'S MILL (Dan Fogelberg) 14 Jan 00

Here's a song that reminds me of home, since it's near where I live.

(Dan Fogelberg)

In the spring of forty-seven,
So the story it is told,
Old John Sutter went to the mill site,
Found a piece of shinin' gold.

Well, he took it to the city
Where the word like wildfire spread.
Old John Sutter soon came to wishin'
He'd left that stone in the river bed.

Oh, they came like herds of locusts,
Every woman, child and man.
In their lumberin' Conestogas,
They left their track upon the land.

CHORUS: Some would fail and some would prosper.
Some would die and some would kill.
Some would beg the Lord for their deliverance.
Some would curse John Sutter's mill.

Well, they came from New York City
And they came from Alabam'
With their dream of findin' fortune
In this wild unsettled land.

Well, some fell prey to hostile arrows
As they tried to cross the plains,
And some were lost in the Rocky Mountains
With their hands froze to the reins. CHORUS

Some pushed on to California.
Others stopped to take their rest,
And by the spring of eighteen-sixty,
They had opened up the west.

And then the railroad came behind them
And the land was plowed and tame
When old John Sutter went to meet his Maker
With not one penny to his name. CHORUS

TAG: Some would curse John Sutter's mill.
Some men's thirsts are never filled.

@mining @goldrush
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