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Black Hills of Dakota from Calamity Jane (1953)

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Uploaded on Jan 20, 2008

The town heads out to the Ft. Scully Annual Ball, with Calamity Jane (Doris Day) and Wild Bill (Howard Keel) seated prominently in the head carriage and Lt. Danny Gilmartin (Philip Carey) and Katie (Allyn Ann McLerie) behind them.

Wild Bill and Danny had previously drawn straws to see who would get to escort Katie; Wild Bill, as the loser, has now been forced to spend the evening with Calamity. Bitterly, in his typical cutting fashion, he critiques Calamity's attire (what he can see of it) and she puts him in his place with a slow explanation (like one would give to a child). Then, in a rare moment of agreement, they sing their pride and love for their homeland, accompanied by the rest of the cast.

(An aside: When I watch this video, I always want to poke Danny in the eye and wipe that smug, arrogant smile off his face!)

Lyrics:

[Wild Bill:]
Take me back to the black hills,
The black hills of Dakota.
To the beautiful Indian country that I love.

[Calamity:]
Lost my heart in the black hills,
The black hills of Dakota,
Where the pines are so high that they kiss the skies above.

[Calamity, Wild Bill, Katie, and Danny:]
And when I get that lonesome feeling,
And I'm miles away from home,
I hear the voice of the mystic mountains calling me back home.

[Calamity and Wild Bill:]
So take me back to the black hills,
The black hills of Dakota.
To the beautiful Indian country that I love.

[Chorus:]
Take me back to the black hills,
the black hills of Dakota.
To the beautiful Indian country that I love.

[Bill:]
Lost my heart in the black hills
[Calamity and Wild Bill:]
The black hills of Dakota,
Where the pines are so high, that they kiss the sky above.

And when I get that lonesome feeling,
And I'm miles away from home,
I hear the voice of the mystic mountains callin' me back home.

[All:]
So take me back to the black hills,
The black hills of Dakota.
To the beautiful Indian country that I love.

[Calamity and Wild Bill:]
To the beautiful Indian country that I love.



**Note: The content of this video belongs exclusively to Paramount Studios and all the people involved in its construction and distribution.

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