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Gold, found along the banks of the Thompson River, triggers the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. For the next ten years, miners would come from abroad though few would ever strike it rich. England, too, has a new-found interest in the region. With the fear of miners from America laying claims to the land, England officially establishes the crown colony of British Columbia.


Lady Fortune’s calling
There’s gold in them hills and in every river too
The folks down south are rushing
The fever’s in my head and hammering at my door

The mountain’s coming down now and Johnny’s on the run
He’s losing his mind
The prospect’s unforgiving
Be wary ye of unbelief: there’s riches for ye that can dig

None ain’t ever seen such lustrous dregs
None would e’er believe such pure western bullion

The cost o’ gold is rising
The beneficiation’s cheap and there’s more to be found
And Johnny didn’t he make it
Made well staking his claim and marked what he paid for by blood

The land is worth its weight and you’ll be getting your vein too
This bender won’t last long
The prospect’s looking good boys
Be wary ye of little faith: there’s riches for ye that can wait


from The West Beyond The West, released November 9, 2012



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Great Lonely Wild Vancouver, British Columbia

Original roots and folk music about the 19th Century Pacific Northwest.

The sounds of mandolin, banjo, concertina, violin, guitar and vocal harmonies will expose you to the tales and stories of those who came before us in Canada's West. ... more

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