Charles Ingalls sang the Oh, California version of the popular song Oh, Susanna, which had been reworked to change the setting from heading to Alabama to heading to California during the gold rush heyday.
Oh, Susanna Lyrics (Oh, California Lyrics)
Lyrics by Anonymous
I come from Salem City with my washpan on my knee,
I’m going to California, the gold dust for to see.
It rained all day the day I left, the weather it was dry
The sun so hot I froze to death Oh brothers, don’t you cry.
Don’t you cry for me
I’m going to California
With my washpan on my knee.
I jumped aboard the Liza ship and traveled on the sea,
And every time I thought of home I wished it wasn’t me;
The vessel reared like any horse, that had of oats and wealth
I found it wouldn’t throw me so I thought I’d throw myself.
I thought of all ihe pleasant times we’ve had together here
I thought I ought to cry a bit but couldn’t find a tear;
The pilot’s bread was in my mouth, the gold dust in my eye
And though I’m going far away dear brothers don’t you cry.
I soon shall be in Frisco, and there I’ll look around,
And when I see the gold lumps I’ll pick them off the ground-
I’ll scrape the mountains clean, my boys, I’ll drain the rivers dry
A pocket full of rocks bring home so brothers, don’t you cry.
From Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie