“Bound to California”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (C. Fox Smith, _A Book of Shanties_)
Keywords: shanty mining farewell gold
Found in: US


Shanty. "Good-bye my lads good-bye, no one can tell me why. I am bound to California, to reap the shinning gold. Good-bye, my lads, good-bye."


Hugill guesses this is of Negro origin. C. Fox Smith thinks it has some relationship to "Shallow Brown." - SL


  1. Hugill, p. 118, "Bound to California" (1 short text, 1 tune) [AbEd, o. 101]
  2. Roud #11253
  3. BI, Hug118