Interesting Facts about the Sacramento (D)
Sacramento (D) was sung as a capstan anchor shanty, especially when raising the “mud-hook”. This is the “Camptown Races” version.
The source of this sea shanty
The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 107).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 110, 111).
The Record of the Sacramento (D)
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The full lyrics
Camptown ladies sing this song,
– Hoo-dah! Hoo-dah!
Camptown race-track’s five miles long.
– Hoo-dah! Hoo-dah day!
– Blow, boys, blow!
– For Californ-eye-O!
– There’s plenty o’ gold so I’ve bin told,
– On the banks o’ the Sacramento
* 2 *
Go down dar wid me hat caved in,
Come back home with me pockets full o’ tin.
* 3 *
De long-tailed filly an’ de big black hoss,
Dey fly de track an’ dey both cut ac ross.
* 4 *
De blind hoss stickin’ in a big mud hole,
Can’t touch bottom wid a ten-foot pole.
* 5 *
Ol’ muley cow come out on de track,
De bob he fling her ober his back.
* 6 *
Den fly along like a raiload car,
Runnin’ a race wid a shootin’ star.
* 7 *
De sorrel hoss he’s got a cough,
An’ his rider’s drunk in de ol’ hay-loft.
* 8 *
Dere’s fourteen hosses in dis race,
Ah’m snug in de saddle an’ got a good brace.
* 9 *
De bobtail hoss she cain’t be beat,
Runnin’ around in a two-mile heat.
* 10 *
Ah put me money on de bob-tail nag,
Somebody bet on de one-eyed lag.
* 11 *
I win me money on de bobtail nag,
An’ carry it home in de ol’ tow-bag.