On the Road to California Now in the spring we'll leave Nauvoo, and our journey we'll pursue Bid the robbers all farewell, let them go to heaven or hell cho: On the road to California, on that long and tedious journey Far across the Rocky Mountains, crystal springs and flowing fountains Down on Nauvoo's green grassy plain, they burned our houses and our grain When they thought we were hell-bent, they sent for aid from the government Oh, Governor Ford with a mind so small, hasn't room for a soul at all He neither can be damned nor blessed, heaven or hell should do their best Sung to the tune of "Old Dan Tucker" Purportedly sung by the Mormons after their expulsion from Nauvoo, Illinois in the winter and spring of 1846. Note: Thomas Ford was the governor of Illinois who acquiesced to the murder of Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith in 1844, and expressed satisfaction upon the Mormon expulsion from the state two years later. Recorded on They Think We Live on Carrots Down in Utah, a collection of old pioneer melodies, dance tunes, and songs recorded in 1995 by Cory Webster and several other musicians at the University of Utah. The recording is copyright (C) 1995 by Cory Webster. JW oct97
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