The Big Rock Candy Mountains (Harry “Haywire Mac” McClintock)

“The Big Rock Candy Mountains” Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Big Rock Candy Mountains” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Harry “Haywire Mac” McClintock.
Tune: Harry “Haywire Mac” McClintock.


One evening as the sun went down
And the jungle fires were burning,
Down the tracks came a hobo hiking,
And he said, “Boys, I’m not turning.
I’m headed for a land that’s far away
Beside the crystal fountains.
So, come with me, and we’ll go and see
The Big Rock Candy Mountains.”

“In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
There’s a land that’s fair and bright,
Where the handouts grow on bushes,
And you sleep out every night,
Where the boxcars all are empty,
And the sun shines every day
On the birds and the bees
And the cigarette trees
And the lemonade springs
Where the bluebirds sing
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.”

“In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
All the cops have wooden legs,
And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth,
And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs;
There, the farmers’ trees are full of fruit,
And the barns are full of hay;
And I’m bound to go
Where there ain’t no snow
And the rain don’t fall
And the wind don’t blow
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.”

“In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
You never change your socks,
And the little streams of alcohol
Come a-tricklin’ down the rocks;
There ain’t no short-handed shovels,
No axes, spades or picks;
I’m bound to stay
Where they sleep all day,
Where they hung the jerk
That invented work
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.”

“In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
The jails are made of tin,
And you can walk right out again
As soon as you are in;
Why, the brakemen have to tip their hats,
And the railroad bulls are blind;
There’s a lake of stew
And a gin lake, too;
You can paddle all around them
In a big canoe
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.”


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