Bound To California

Interesting Facts about the Bound To California

Bound To California is a capstan shanty of the Gold Rush Period which Miss C. F. Smith has found and published in her “A Book of Shanties” (1927). She mentions, that Captain J. L. Vivian Millett, from whom she had it, remembers hearing it sung at Algoa Bay, in the days when anchorage off that port was still crowded with sailing ships.
” …A big vessel was just getting up her anchor; she had a good shanty crowd, and the chorus roared out by a score of voices came over the waters of the open roadstead with an unforgettable effect”.

Unfortunately, Captain Millett could only give to Miss Smith the chorus of this shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: Shanties from the Seven Seas by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 118).

The lyrics: Shanties from the Seven Seas by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 118).

The Record of the Bound To California

You also can find this record on my YouTube channel here or directly listen below. Additionally, if you want to share your opinion about the record or share your opinion you can do it in my Facebook forum here, or leave a comment at the bottom of this blog article.

The musical notation

bound-to-california music notation

The full lyrics

Bound To California

Good-bye, my lads, good-bye,
No one can tell me why
I am bound; to California
To reap the shining gold!

Good-bye, my lads, good-bye,
No one can tell me why
I am bound; to California
To reap the shining gold

Related to this sea shanty

Bound for the Rio Grande (Cecil Sharp Version)

Rio Grande (B)

A Long Time Ago (C)

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