Oh My Darling Clementine

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Information About Oh My Darling Clementine

"The song Oh My Darling Clementine" is a U. S folk song with its lyrical roots in an older western folk ballad called "Down by the River Liv"d a Maiden" written by H. S. Thompson in 1863. The song is forever linked with the Californian Gold Rush. The melody of the song may have originated from a Spanish ballad popular with Mexican miners during the Gold Rush.

The song has been credited to a couple people due to the unknown origins. The first of the two is Percy Montrose in 1884 and the second is Barker Bradford. It is also thought to be a different version of the song "Down by the River Liv'd a Maiden" by H. S. Thompson in 1863.

The most popular place that people know it from is through Hanna-Barbera cartoons where Huckleberry Hound would be the one singing the song in an off tune manner.

The song Oh My Darling Clementine was written in 1884 and is usually credited to Percy Montrose, but some people believe the correct author is Barker Bradford.

The words "Oh my darling, Clementine! Thou art lost and gone forever" is where a lover or father speaks about the grief he encounters when he loses his Clementine in a drowning incident. The girl is the daughter or girlfriend of a miner in the 1849 California Gold Rush.

Common alternative lyrics include swapping "Sandals were for Clementine" for "Pretty Shoes for Clementine" and "Thou art lost and gone forever" instead of "You are lost and gone forever".

For further information about the song "Oh My Darling, Clementine", check out Wikipedia.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Some pay people may know this version more

In the centre of a golden valley,
Dwelt a maiden all divine,
A pretty creature a miner's daughter
And her name was Clementine.

Oh my darling, oh my darling,
My darling Clementine,
You are lost for me forever,
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

Her noble father was the foreman
Of ev'ry valued mine,
And ev'ry miner and ranchman
Was a brother to Clementine.

The foreman miner, an old forty niner,
In dreams and thoughts sublime,
Lived in comfort with his daughter,
His pretty child Clementine.

When far away, he would often pray
That in his sunny clime
No harm might overtake her,
His favorite nugget, Clementine.

When the day was done and the setting sun
Its rays they ceased to shine,
Homeward came the brawny miner
To caress his Clementine.

None was nearer, none was dearer,
Since the days of forty-nine
When, in youth, he had another
Who was then his Clementine.

She led her ducks down to the river,
The weather it was fine,
Stubbed her toe against a sliver,
Fell into the raging brine.

He heard her calling: father,
Her voice was like a chime,
But alas he was no swimmer,
So he lost his Clementine.

Some additional verses to connect to the song

I took her, on a picnic,
Oh, how the Sun did shine.
But she's 'llergic to bee stings
To the doctor, Clementine.

Oh my darling, oh my darling,
Oh my darling, Clementine!
Thou art lost and gone forever
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

Another long version is fun to sing

In a cavern, in a canyon
Excavating for a mine
Dwelt a miner, forty-niner
And his daughter Clementine

Light she was, and like a fairy
And her shoes were number nine
Herring boxes without topses
Sandals were for Clementine

Oh my darling, oh my darling
Oh my darling Clementine
You are lost and gone forever
I'm so sorry, Clementine

Walking lightly as a fairy
Though her shoes were number nine
Sometimes tripping, lightly skipping
Lovely girl, my Clementine

Drove the ducklings to the water
Every morning just at nine
Hit her foot against a splinter
Fell into the foaming brine

Oh my darling, oh my darling
Oh my darling Clementine
You are lost and gone forever
I'm so sorry, Clementine

Then the miner, forty-niner
Soon began to fret and pine
Thought he oughter join his daughter
So he's now with Clementine

I'm so lonely, lost without her
Wish I'd had a fishing line
Which I might have cast about her
Might have saved my Clementine

Oh my darling, oh my darling
Oh my darling Clementine
You are lost and gone forever
Dreadful sorry, Clementine

Listen fellers, heed the warning
Of this tragic tale of mine
Artificial respiration
Could have saved my Clementine

How I missed her, how I missed her
How I missed my Clementine
Til I kissed her little sister
And forgot my Clementine

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Natalie, 1302 taft ave Wheaton IL 60189

19 June 2015 at 12:56am

I like that song 😇

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Rufi, Lao People's Democratic Republic

18 April 2014 at 3:54pm

I secahred a bunch of sites and this was the best.

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koos, pretoria

16 April 2014 at 1:27pm

She was an accident just waiting to happen! I have known this song for many a decade and just needed to be reintroduced to the lyrics - edifying !

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Sarah, United States

23 February 2014 at 12:02am

I want the song Clementine

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Clementine, United States

14 April 2013 at 4:46am

When I was growing up and even now people mostly guys love singing that song to me... the only thing is we don't pronounce our name as Clementime and most people think that's how we pronounce it....its pronounced (Clementeen) Clementine...I have a make a correct people all my life.....the song is sad and the dreadful sorry Clementine is a bit much

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Nassim, Algeria

18 March 2013 at 8:57pm

I like It

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Daniel, United States

19 November 2012 at 2:51am

There was a Hannah-Barbera cartoon in the early 60's (Huckleberry Hound) in which Huckberry often sang the refrain from this song as he walked from place to place: "Oh my darlin', oh my darlin' ..."

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Shopia, Algeria

16 October 2012 at 11:47am

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Gil Nelsen, United States

1 July 2012 at 6:06am

There is yet another verse (perhaps a addition) to this song. I don't recall the words but it something like this "In a churchyard, on a hillside, where the roses clime and twine, fertilized by Clemintine. How I messed her, How I missed my Clemintine till I kissed her little sister and forgot my Clemontine" Wish I could find a copy.

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Marc, United States

22 May 2012 at 1:13am

This song is depressing but it has a very nice tune!I can't get it out pf my head when i listen!I LOVE it! :)

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Elizabeth, United States

13 May 2012 at 4:02am

Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut just now Just now I found a peanut, found a peanut just now.

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Feriel, Algeria

29 April 2012 at 9:55pm

I like this song because it reveals the way the ancient imigrants lived in the new world (usa).

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Fifi, Algeria

29 April 2012 at 9:44pm

I 've learnt this song since i was 14in a basic school.now that i'm a teacher i wish to teach it for my pupils.They'll really like it.

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Jacky, Germany

18 April 2012 at 9:41am

Yup Olivia we have to sing this song. It's actually pretty sad. Man what a horrible guy. Geese.

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Olivia, Germany

18 April 2012 at 9:38am

Me and my friends have to sing this song for a project in U.S. history about the California Gold Rush. I can't believe she drowns, what a way to go. I also can't believe the guy goes after her little sister. That's sad. He doesn't even try and save her, he just says oh I can't swim. Wow.....

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Adri, United States

16 April 2012 at 3:31am


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Adri, Armenia

16 April 2012 at 3:25am

stuck like glue is better than this song

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Patrick, United States

15 April 2012 at 10:19am

She got a splinter, went to doctor. She got better.She ate a peanut, it was rotten. She died and went to heaven. These lyrics I heard in the latter 1940's. Much better than the one on this site. Much longer and less sad....Maybe she be 'happy in heaven'.

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Ruby Thyoi, Israel

2 April 2012 at 6:22pm

pls give me just the music of song clementine with the piano I have defucult to speak english so if you give it to me I will never forgot you

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Dounia Sinan, Brazil

2 April 2012 at 6:11pm

pls give me just the music of song clementine with the piano

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