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BALLAD

GOOD BYE MRS. DURKIN. I'M SICK AND TIRED OF WORKIN. MY HEART IS
FAIRLY BROKEN BUT I CAN NO LONGER STAY. BUT SURE'S ME NAME IS
CARNEY, I'M OFF TO CALIFARNEY. STEAD OF DIGGIN TATERS I'LL BE DIGGIN
LUMPS OF GOLD.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS UNSURE OF THIS BALLAD'S ORIGIN. I SUSPECT THIS
WAS SUNG BY A SERVANT OR FARMHAND WHO LEFT FOR CALIFORNIA AND THE
GOLD RUSH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Parting

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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Camp Songs, Girl Scouts

This song is used internationally
to proclaim the ending of an activity, day, or at a funeral
Day is done, gone the sun,
from the lakes, from the hills, from the skies,
all is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Innisfree ; Howell

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Death
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Parting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-00-1990

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