SUTTER'S MILL (Listen to midi)

 

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1. In the spring of forty-seven,

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    so the story it is told,

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    old John Sutter went to the Mill site ,

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    found a piece       of shinin' gold.

 

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2. Well, he took it     to the city,

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    where the word like wildfire spread.

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    Old John Sutter       soon came to wishin' ,

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    he'd left that  stone   in the river bed.

 

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3. Well, they came like herds of locusts,

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    every woman, child and man

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    In their lumberin' connestogas,

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    they left their   tracks upon the land.

 

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Some would fail and some would prosper,

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Some would die and some would kill.

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Some would beg the Lord for their deliverance,

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Some would   curse  John Sutter's Mill.

 

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4. Well, they  came from New York City,

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    and they came   from Alabam',

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    with their dreams to find a fortune

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    in this wild        unsettled land.

 

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5. Some fell  prey to hostile arrows,

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    as they  tried   to cross the plains.

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   Some were lost   in the Rocky Mountains

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   with their  hands  froze to the reins. + CHORUS

 

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6. Some pushed   on   to California,

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    others stopped to take their rest,

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    and by the  spring of eighteen-sixty

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    they had opened up the West.

 

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7. Then the railroad came behind them,

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    and the  land was ploughed and tamed.

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    When old John Sutter  went to meet his maker,

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    and not one   penny to his name.

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+ CHORUS +   and some would   curse John Sutter's Mill,

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    Some men's  thirsts are never filled. 

 

    (Dan Fogelberg)