“Crossing the Plains”


"Come all you Californians, I pray ope wide your ears." The singer describes the overland passage to California. The travelers are told what to bring, and warned of troubles. The singer would have gone around the horn if he had known what he now knows

Cross references


  • Logan English, "Crossing the Plains" (on LEnglish02)


  1. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 427-428, "Crossing the Plains" (1 text)
  2. Roud #15538
  3. BI, LxA427


Author: unknown
Earliest date: c. 1854 ("Put's Original California Songster")
Keywords: travel hardtimes
Found in: US