Acquiring True Riches

 

Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday challenge is to Write about a piece of music which is on the theme of “Getting Something.”  He indicated that we should find lyrics that include Acquire/Collect/Gather/Secure, and while my chosen song doesn’t use any of those words directly – their meaning is found throughout it.  Sam sets out to acquire gold, he collects a golden bonanza, but finds that he would rather secure the hand of his love down south, and have a home together.

The song, North to Alaska was a 1960  by Johnny Horton.   It was used as the introduction music of the film, North to Alaska and an instrumental of the song is also played at the saloon in the film as well.

The song was written by Tillman Franks and Johnny Horton, and became Number One on the Billboard Country Singles chart, and reached Number Four on the Billboard “Hot 100″ chart.

Lyrics:

Big Sam left Seattle in the year of ninety-two

With George Pratt his partner and brother Billy too

They crossed the Yukon river and they found the bonanza gold

Below that old white mountain

Just a little south-east of Nome

Sam crossed the Majestic mountains to the valleys far below

He talked to his team of huskies

As he mushed on through the snow

With the northen lights a-runnin’ wild

In the land of the midnight sun

Yes Sam McCord was a mighty man

In the year of nineteen-one

Where the river is windin’ big nuggets they’re findin’

North to Alaska go north the rush is on

North to Alaska go north the rush is on

George turns to Sam with his gold in his hand

Said Sam you’re lookin’ at a lonely lonely man

I’d trade all the gold that’s buried in this land

For one small band of gold to place on sweet little Jenny’s hand

‘Cause a man needs a woman to love him all the time

Remember Sam a true love is so hard to find

I’d build for my Jenny a honeymoon home

Below that old white mountain

Just a little south-east of Nome

Where the river is windin’ big nuggets they’re findin’

North to Alaska go north the rush is on

North to Alaska go north the rush is on

 

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Mike Phillips

North to Alaska lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

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