“Life in California”
Singer leaves his family in Maine to seek California gold; he loses his money at cards and catches the "fever-n-ager." He asks for food, drink, lodging. Cho: "I'm a used-up man, a perfect used-up man/And if ever I get home again, I'll stay there if I can"
Fever and ague: Malaria. - RBW
- 1848 - gold found in Sutter's Mill, California.
- 1849 - multitudes of easterners emigrate west, hoping to "make their pile"
- cf. "Used-Up Man" (tune)
- Logan English, "Life in California" (on LEnglish02)