October 14, 2013

Soapy Smith in song: Gold Dust.

The album cover

ight On Yukon is a band out of Nova Scotia, "A sound reminiscent of Halifax's days when Thrush Hermit and Sloan ruled supreme." The song, Gold Dust, is a song about the 1896-1898 Klondike gold rush and interests me because they have a few lines about Soapy Smith. Band member, Greg Wadden is a big fan of Canadian historian Pierre Burton, which influenced this song, and for which the album gives special thanks to. The lyrics are below. You are welcome to follow them as you hear the song

It was the river that fashioned the land
And the river that grounded down the gold
all same like this
clanging in pans, a fickle hearts emptiness

Ten thousand lost souls on The White Pass
what kind of man would let this come to pass?

So stay away from Skagway kid
especially that Soapy Smith
He's got a crooked hand in everything
from Church to Court, well every sin.

Ten thousand beasts of burden dead on The White Pass
where are the men who let this come to pass?

I left home at summer's end
now I'm here it's minus 40 degrees F
yeah I went ten days on a handful of flour
I struck it rich but my life's gone sour.

Ten thousand lost souls on the shore
they've got no coin any more

I thank the band for sharing, and wish them the very best of success!



The band: The band members are Greg Wadden, David Bradshaw, Jason Szeto, Patrick Shea, Grant Mitchell, Sylvie Dumont and Paul Nickerson. Featuring, Cameron Lawrence, Chance Gillis, Mo Kenney, Nic Orengo, Tom MacGillivray, Luke MacGillivray, Adam White, Dave Connors Joey Melanson, Calen Kinney and Chad Poirer.

"The best prophet of the future is the past."
—fortune cookie


1865: The stagecoach to Helena, Montana Territory is established.

1865: Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians sign a treaty with U.S. Commissioners at a camp on the Little Arkansas River, Kansas. None of the parties to the treaty abide by it.

1879: Thomas Edison signs an agreement with Jose D. Husbands for the sale of Edison telephones in Chile.

1880: Apache Indian chief Victorio and twenty-eight of his men are killed in Mexico during a battle with Mexican troops lead by Colonel Joaquin Terrazas in the Tres Castillo, Mexico. Earlier in the summer Victorio and his band had been chased out of the Candelarias by two thousand U.S. troops along with a hundred Texas Rangers.

1882: Arizona bad man, Johnny Ringo, is found dead in Turkey Creek Canyon, Arizona Territory. It is reported as a suicide. Some said he was murdered.

1887: Thomas Edison and George E. Gouraud reach an agreement for the international marketing rights for the phonograph.

1889: A Wyoming grand jury fails to indict anyone for the slaying of rustlers Jim Averill and Ella Watson alias “Cattle Kate.”

1890: Future U.S. President, Dwight David Eisenhower is born in Denison, Texas.

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