“Song of the Tangier Gold Mines”


Gold mining begins May 1861 "back of Tangier and Pope's Harbour." Men leave their work, wives, and sweethearts "for the sake of 'Tangier gold"; ladies "go upon the diggings the miners for to see." Wish the miners success and hope they will be generous

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Song of the Tangier Gold Mines
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From Helen Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, #145, pp. 316-318.
"Sung by... Mr. Hiram O. Hilshie, Dartmouth," said to be the nephew of the
composer, Catherine Hart.

Oh, in eighteen hundred and  sixty-one
  All in the month of May,
When Nova Scotia was very poor,
  As I ofttimes heard them say;
But since I've got a secret,
  A story I'll unfold,
Back of Tangier and Pope's Harbour
  Where they're digging out the gold.

(11 additional stanzas plus a half stanza)


Tangier is on the coast of Nova Scotia, about 60 miles east of Halifax. - BS

Creighton notes that the mining in the Tangier area was extensive but not particularly profitable. But the song was written when the boom was just beginning, so hopes were high. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1860 - Opening of the Tangier Gold Mines (Source: Halifax Archives per Creighton-NovaScotia)


  1. Creighton-NovaScotia 145, "Song of the Tangier Gold Mines" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST CrNS145 (Partial)
  3. Roud #1841
  4. BI, CrNS145


Author: Catherine Hart (1861)
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Keywords: sex gold mining
Found in: Canada(Mar)