“The Gold Dust Fire”


"Ain't that a pity, oh Lord (x3), Ain't that a pity 'bout the Gold Dust men. Some got scalded, some got drowned, Some got burnt up in the Gold Dust fire"

Historical references

  • Aug 7, 1882 - Explosion of the packet Gold Dust, killing 17 and wounding 47


  1. MWheeler, p. 41-43, "The Gold Dust Fire" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #10011
  3. BI, MWhee041


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1944 (Wheeler)
Keywords: river ship disaster fire
Found in: US