Sutter's Mill ~ Dan Fogelberg [ CC ] 58th





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Uploaded on Sep 13, 2009

Dan wrote this song on his 33rd birthday in Maine, Happy Birthday Dan!
"Movie time again. Strange how most of my Maine songs have been written in Colorado and some of my most western pieces (like this one) were written in Maine. I wrote this on my birthday, 1984. It's not completely historically accurate but I plead poetic license." (Dan Fogelberg)
Sutter's Mill written by Singer/Songwriters Dan Fogelberg, from "High Country Snows" album (1985) also included in "Portrait - The Music of Dan Fogelberg" 4-CD Box Set, Disc 4. He always loved traditional country/folk/bluegrass music. After a visit to the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Dan was inspired to do an album of songs he had in him for a long time....the result is a great album that has captured the heart and soul of American country music. "Sutter's Mill" is one of the best songs on the album, the song tells the story (just like the old traditional songs used to) of young James Marshall & old John Sutter discovering gold in California in the 1847~1848 and beginning the infamous gold rush. The Sutter's Mill modern reconstruction is well kept in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park @ Coloma California. Special thank Bobby for Dan's liner notes.
Sutter's Mill ~ Dan Fogelberg (Lyrics)

In the spring of Forty-seven so the story it is told
Old John Sutter went to the mill site and found a piece of shining gold
Well, he took it to the city where the word like wildfire spread
And old John Sutter soon came to wish hed left that stone in the river bed
For they came like herds of locusts...every woman, child and man
In their lumbering Conestogas they left their tracks upon the land

Some would fail and some would prosper
Some would die and some would kill
Some would thank the Lord for their deliverance
And some would curse John Sutters mill

Well, they came from New York City and they came from Alabam
With their dreams of finding fortunes in this wild, unsettled land
Well, some fell prey to hostile arrows as they tried to cross the plains
And some were lost in the Rocky Mountains with their hands froze to the reins


Well, some pushed on to California and others stopped to take their rest
And by the spring of Eighteen-sixty they had opened up the West
And then the railroad came behind them and the land was plowed and tamed
When Old John Sutter went to meet his maker, hed not one penny to his name


And some would curse John Sutters Mill
Some mens thirsts are never filled

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