When the Black Turned Gold

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Song Lyrics  |  House: Booksie Classic

song lyric about the Black Hills gold rush

 

When the Black Turned Gold

 

A treaty made in Laramie,

In eighteen sixty-eight,

Gave the Black Hills to the Sioux

Forever from that date,

Those mountains of Dakota

Were forever theirs to hold,

But forever turned to never

When the black turned gold.

 

When the black turned gold,

In those old Dakota hills,

All the treaties of the past

Turned into dollar bills,

Men poured in by the thousands

With their shovels and their drills,

When the black turned gold

In those old Dakota hills.

 

When Custer took his Gatlin guns

And military band,

He would lead a thousand men

Into forbidden land,

They came to make a fort there

So the Indians were told,

But that fort became a fortune

When the black turned gold.

 

Every sad-eyed chief

And battle weary brave,

Knew those miner's shovels

Would soon dig their grave.

 

When the black turned gold,

In those old Dakota hills,

All the treaties of the past

Turned into dollar bills,

Men poured in by the thousands

With their shovels and their drills,

When the black turned gold

In those old Dakota hills.

 

p.s. In case you are a member of a Bluegrass, Folk, or Western group (or know someone who is) and might be interested in co-writing, please let me know - dennisgoodwin1947@gmail.com


Submitted: November 17, 2020

© Copyright 2020 Dennis L. Goodwin. All rights reserved.

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