“The Fools of Forty-Nine”


Crowds head for California and the gold fields. En route they suffer poverty, hunger, and disaster -- and few find gold. "Then they thought of what they had been told, When they started after gold: That they never, in this world, would make their pile."

Cross references


  1. Sandburg, p. 107, "(The Fools of '49)" (1 text found under "Sweet Betsy from Pike")
  2. Scott-BoA, pp. 184-185, "The Fools of Forty-Nine" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. DT, FOOLS49
  4. Roud #8058
  5. BI, San107A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1855 (Put's Original California Songster)
Found in: US(SW)