“The Dreary Black Hills”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1909 (Belden)
Keywords: gold hardtimes railroading
Found in: US(MA,Ro,So)

Description

The singer arrives in the Black Hills to find "loafers and bummers" filling the streets of Cheyenne -- but there is no gold to be found. He misses his home, and warns others against going there; all they are doing is making the railroad speculators rich

Historical references

Same tune

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Recordings

References

  1. Belden, pp. 249-350, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text plus mention of 1 more)
  2. Sandburg, pp. 264-265, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Lomax-FSNA 176, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 438-440, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Fife-Cowboy/West 24, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. LPound-ABS, 87, pp. 185-186, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text)
  7. Larkin, pp. 95-97, "Dreary Black Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Silber-FSWB, p. 59, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text)
  9. cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 478, "The Dreary Black Hills" (source notes only)
  10. DT, DREARBLK*
  11. Roud #3604
  12. BI, San264