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Clementine


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

Oh my darling
Oh my darling
Oh my darling Clementine
You are lost
And gone forever
Dreadful sorry 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
Dreadful sorry Clementine

Drove she 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
Dreadful sorry Clementine

Ruby lips above the water
Blowing bubbles soft and fine
But alas I was no swimmer
So I lost my Clementine

Oh my darling
Oh my darling
Oh my darling Clementine
You are lost
And gone forever
Dreadful sorry Clementine

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

Oh my darling
Oh my darling
Oh my darling Clementine
You are lost
And gone forever
Dreadful sorry Clementine


Clementine is one of the most popular American folk ballads. There are many different versions of the song, but they all center around a tragic love story.


This song was sung during the Gold Rush in 1849. The lyrics and music were first published in 1884. Scouts use it as a much-loved campfire song.


Clementine was a favourite song of Huckleberry Hound (Hanna-Barbera cartoon character). Actually, it was the only song he knew!


The song plays during the opening credits for the John Ford movie My Darling Clementine, with Henry Fonda. It also runs as a background score all through the movie.


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