Dreary Black Hills, The

DESCRIPTION: The singer arrives in the Black Hills to find "loafers and bummers" filling the streets of Cheyenne -- but there is no gold to be found. He misses his home, and warns others against going there; all they are doing is making the railroad speculators rich
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: c.1885 (see the comment on the ADDITIONAL Wehman reference); 1909 (Belden)
KEYWORDS: gold hardtimes railroading
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
1875 - Announcement that gold has been found in the Black Hills
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW,NE,Ro,So)
REFERENCES (16 citations):
Belden, pp. 249-350, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text plus mention of 1 more)
Peters, pp. 116-117, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders-NewGreen, pp. 108-109, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text)
Sandburg, pp. 264-265, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 176, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 438-440, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 24, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
LPound-ABS, 87, pp. 185-186, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text)
Welsch, pp. 9-10, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text)
Hubbard, #161, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 tune)
Larkin, pp. 95-97, "Dreary Black Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS2, pp. 480-481 "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text plus a broadside print)
Silber-FSWB, p. 59, "The Dreary Black Hills" (1 text)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 478, "The Dreary Black Hills" (source notes only)
DT, DREARBLK*
ADDITIONAL: Wehman's [Universal Songster] Collection of 96 Songs No. 6 (New York, n.d., digitized by Internet Archive), p. 26, "The Black Hills" [see notes re source]

Roud #3604
RECORDINGS:
Bill Bender (The Happy Cowboy), "Dreary Black Hills" (Varsity 5150, n.d.; rec. 1939)
Harry Stephens, "The Dreary Black Hills" (AFS, 1940s; on LC28)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Captain Old Blue" (tune)
SAME TUNE:
Captain Old Blue (File: PrivCOBl)
NOTES: Regarding Wehman's Collection Norm Cohen writes, "Songbook #6 was undated, but most likely 1884-5." Each page except the first is headed Wehman's Universal Songster. The first page is undated but states, "Published Quarterly -- January, April, July and October. Norm Cohen's Finding List ... has WE29, Universal Songster as "monthly serial ... [beginning] 1881 (Norm Cohen, A Finding List of American Secular Songsters Published Between 1860 and 1899 (Middle Tennessee State University,Murfreesboro,2002), p. 150). - BS
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