Acres of Clams (Francis D. Henry)

“Acres of Clams” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Acres of Clams” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Francis D. Henry.
Tune: “Men of the West” / “Old Rosin the Beau.”


I’ve wandered all over this country,
Prospecting and digging for gold;
I’ve tunneled, hydraulicked and cradled;
And I have been frequently sold.
And I have been frequently sold,
And I have been frequently sold;
I’ve tunneled, hydraulicked and cradled;
And I have been frequently sold.

For one who got rich by mining,
I saw there were hundreds grew poor;
I made up my mind to try farming:
The only pursuit that is sure.
The only pursuit that is sure,
The only pursuit that is sure;
I made up my mind to try farming:
The only pursuit that is sure.

I rolled up my grub in my blanket;
I left all my tools on the ground;
I started one morning to shank it
For the country they call Puget Sound.
For the country they call Puget Sound,
For the country they call Puget Sound;
I started one morning to shank it
For the country they call Puget Sound.

No longer the slave of ambition,
I laugh at the world and its shams
And think of my happy condition
Surrounded by acres of clams.
Surrounded by acres of clams,
Surrounded by acres of clams;
And think of my happy condition
Surrounded by acres of clams.


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