Dying Californian (I), The

DESCRIPTION: The singer tells a comrade he is dying. He confesses to a firm belief in God. He sends messages to his father and mother. He wishes his wife to know that he thought of her while dying, and bids her care for his children
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1850
KEYWORDS: dying farewell religious
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) US(Ap,MA,MW,Ro,So) Canada(Mar,Newf)
REFERENCES (19 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1790, "Lay Up Brother Near Brother" (1 text)
Belden, pp. 350-351, "The Dying Californian" (1 text)
Randolph 183, "The Dying Californian" (1 text, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 179-182, "The Dying Californian" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 183)
Moore-Southwest 154, "The Dying Californian" (1 text, 1 tune)
Eddy 126, "The Dying Californian" (1 text, 1 tune)
Musick-Larkin 39, "The Dying Californian" (1 text)
Hudson 92, pp. 221-222, "The Dying Californian" (1 text)
Greenleaf/Mansfield 177, "Californian Brothers" (1 text)
FSCatskills 86, "The Dying Californian" (1 text, 1 tune)
Scott-BoA, pp. 187-189, "The Dying Californian" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 15, "The California Brothers" (1 text, 1 tune)
LPound-ABS, 90, pp. 191-193, "The Dying Californian" (1 text)
Hubbard, #117, "Dying California" (sic.) (1 text)
JHCox 49, "The Dying Californian" (1 text)
Cohen-AFS2, pp. 647-650, "The Dying Californian" (1 text plus a broadside print)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #541, p. 36, "The Dying Californian" (1 reference)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 478, "The Dying Californian" (source notes only)
DT, DYINGCAL

Roud #2283
BROADSIDES:
LOCSheet, sm1855 580660, "Dying Californian" or "The Brother's Request" ("Lie up nearer, brother, nearer"), Oliver Ditson (Boston), 1855 (tune)
LOCSinging, sb10096b, "The Dying Californian" ("Lay up nearer, brother, nearer, for my limbs are growing cold"), J. Andrews (New York), 1853-1859; also as103250, as10325a, "The Dying Californian"

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Dying Mine Brakeman (The True and Trembling Brakeman)" [Laws G11] (lyrics)
cf. "The Dying Californian (II)" (theme)
SAME TUNE:
The Dying Fifer (File: BrII227) (per broadside Bodleian Harding B 31(29))
NOTES: This appears, under its own name, in the Sacred Harp, credited to "Ball and Drinkard 1859." - RBW
Broadside LOCSheet sm1855 580660 has the cover sheet attribution "Poetry from the New England Diadem Music by A.L. Lee"
Broadside LOCSinging sb10096b: J. Andrews dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site.
Broadside LOCSheet, sm1857 620570, "Prayer of the Dying Californian," Oliver Ditson (Boston), 1857 (tune) shares lines with "The Dying Californian." The cover sheet attribution is "Arranged from the Spanish of Marechio by E. Williams Denison." - BS
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