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Gold Is King, song lyrics

Song: Gold Is King (The Miners' Song)
Lyrics: Thomas S. Williams(3)

Music: Gustave A. Scott(4)
Year: 1868(1)
Genre:
Country: USA


I sing the yellow gold, my boys,
    that gems the mountain's breast,
Deeply lies hid in the veins below,
    or flames upon its crest,
Waiting the miner's cheerful toil,
    its precious grains to bring,
Forth from the dull earths' common soil,
    to be crown'd and thron'd a King!

(CHORUS:)
O, the East, and the West, and the North and the South,
    May each with their praises ring,
But the miner's the greatest man on earth,
    For his work is to dig up a king!

The East with its commerce and art, my boys,
    the West with its sheaves of grain,
The South with its cotton as white and pure
    as snow with out a stain,
They're each of some use in this world of ours,
    and their worth has oft been told;
But cotton and commerce, grain and art,
    all bow to the sceptre of gold.
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(CHORUS:)
O, the East and the West, the North and the South,
    may each with their praises ring,
But the miner's the freest man on earth,
    for his gold is o'er all the these king!

Bold is the sinew of war, my boys,
    and gold's the promoter of peace;
It gladdens the poor man's cot, my boys,
    and crowns the rich man's feast;
It is charity's boon, it is merit's reqard,
    and Hymen chains hearts with its ring;
For beauty and genious its smiles do regard,
    while both of them own it a king.

(CHORUS:)
O, the East and the West, the North and the South,
    may beauty and genius sing,
But the miner's above them both my boys,
    for the gold which he mines is a king!

But while we are singing its worth, my boys,
    as we dig in the mountain's side,
Or speeding on to hearts we love
    upon the other side,
Though 'tis king still, we boys are free,
    and freedom we will sing;
Others may bow the suppliant knee,
    but the miner rules over the king.
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(CHORUS:)
But lo! who's this lady so fair and so bright,
    with a voice of such silvery ring!
A beautiful virgin, arrayed all in white,
    as a bride that is fit for a king?
'Tis the yellow gold's wife, the argentine(5) queen,
    less mighty, less worshiped, that he;
She's the moon, he's the sun - but in order to shine,
    the miner alone sets them free.

(CHORUS:)
O, the East and the West, the North and the South,
    may each with their praises ring,
But the miner's the mightiest man on the earth,
    for o'er silver and gold he is king!

Then hurrah for the miner so free and so bold,
    whose labor with blessing is crowned -
Who releases a monarch whom all gladly serve,
    and his silvery bride from the ground.
May he be free, while this king and his queen
    often smilingly visit his home,
And bring in their train all such social delights,
    that the miner shall ne'er more roam.

(CHORUS:)
To the East and the West, the North and the South,
    let others their praises sing,
While the miner, contented and free above all,
    reigns o'er silver and gold still a king!


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from the sheet music published by Salavator Rosa, No. 618 Montgomery Street, San Fransisco, California.

2 - From the sheet music cover: "To the miners of California and washoe, Who by Free Labor and Free Votes have demonstrated to the Union that Cotton is not King, this Song is dedicated, by a Californian."

3 - Sorry we have no biographical information on Thomas S. Williams. If you do, please contact us using the "About" page above. Thank you.

4 - Sorry we have no biographical information on Gustave A. Scott. If you do, please contact us using the "About" page above. Thank you.

5 - This is probably a reference to silver's Latin name: "argentum", (the reason for its chemical symbol being "Ag").