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The 'Forty-Niners Pass Through 119
ible tune is shown in the version printed in the Atlas of January 9, 1849:
The emigrants to the El Dorado are getting quite musical. Just hear how one of them sings:
I soon shall be in 'Francisco
And then I'll be all round
And when I meet the gold lumps there
I'll pick them off the ground. . . .
So Brothers don't you cry!
That's the land for meó
I'm going to Sacramento
With my washbowl on my knee!
Other typical lines to which "Oh! Susanna'' resounded were those of the New England argonauts officially termed "the Beverly Joint Stock San Francisco Company with shares of $500 each":
We started from Old Beverly,
Mid cheers from great and small,
We hope to get back bye and bye
When we'll return them all. . . .
We'll see you bye and bye
If we've good luck, and if we don't
Why, bless you, don't you cry.
When the boat Sovereign of the Seas, bearing the Beverly company entered the port of San Francisco, "the thousands assembled to greet her" sang: