Oh My Darling, Clementine

Album: Songs & Games For The Road (1884)
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  • In a cavern, in a canyon,
    Excavating for a mine
    Dwelt a miner 49er,
    And his daughter Clementine

    Oh my darling, oh my darling,
    Oh my darling, Clementine!
    Thou art lost and gone forever
    Dreadful sorry, Clementine

    Light she was and like a fairy,
    And her shoes were number nine,
    Herring boxes, without topses,
    Sandals were for Clementine.

    Oh my darling, oh my darling,
    Oh my darling, Clementine!
    Thou art lost and gone forever
    Dreadful sorry, Clementine

    Drove she ducklings to the water
    Every morning just at nine,
    Hit her foot against a splinter,
    Fell into the foaming brine.

    Oh my darling, oh my darling,
    Oh my darling, Clementine!
    Thou art lost and gone forever
    Dreadful sorry, Clementine

    Ruby lips above the water,
    Blowing bubbles, soft and fine,
    But, alas, I was no swimmer,
    So I lost my Clementine.

    Oh my darling, oh my darling,
    Oh my darling, Clementine!
    Thou art lost and gone forever
    Dreadful sorry, Clementine

    How I missed her! How I missed her,
    How I missed my Clementine,
    But I kissed her little sister,
    I forgot my Clementine.

    Oh my darling, oh my darling,
    Oh my darling, Clementine!
    Thou art lost and gone forever
    Dreadful sorry, Clementine Lyrics from a song in Public Domain

Comments: 4

  • Marc from ItalyThe melody is originally from the south of France. Its a song from the middle ages called "se canto." You can search the song on YouTube and you will see it is the same melody.
  • Peyton Gregory from Houston, TexasThe song I heard is Ma Chérie, Oh Madeline! which sounds like the same beat and tempo of the song
  • Chineseloveporkypies from SpainThe melody is not Chinese. Impossible.It doesn't use Asian musical scales. Ridiculous.
  • The Rose from OregonThe Chinese use the melody and have Chinese words to the song. Perhaps the song has a Chinese origin and the melody lifted by Americans when the Chinese were building the railroad in California. The dates would help corroborate this theory.
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