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The Big Rock Candy Mountain, an Illustrated Song

Posted on: September 1, 2015

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The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by Kathy Boyd and Mark Gensman
Illustrated by John Kanzler

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This song has been attributed, with some dispute on both sides, to Billy Mack and Harry McClintock. This book features printed music arranged by Kathy Boyd and Mark Gensman.

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Since the original song includes some lyrics that, though not immoral, are not appropriate for children to sing in school, I appreciate that this book includes some sweet adaptations.

The Big Rock Candy Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by Kathy Boyd and Mark Gensman
Illustrated by John Kanzler

One evening as the sun went down
And supper Ma was burnin’,
Down the stairs came dear ole Pa,
And he said, “Kids, I’m not turnin’.

I’m headed for a land that’s far away,
Beside the chocolate fountain
So come with me and we’ll go and see
The Big Rock Candy Mountain.”

Oh, the buzzing of the bees in the lollipop trees,
By the chocolate milkshake fountain,
Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

On the Big Rock Candy Mountain
There’s a land that’s fair and bright –
Where the jellybeans grow on the bushes,
And you sleep out ev’ry night;

Where the hillsides are all grassy,
And the sun shines ev’ry day.
Oh, I’m bound to go where there’s fresh white snow,
Where the rain don’t fall and the wind don’t blow,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Oh, the buzzing of the bees in the lollipop trees,
By the chocolate milkshake fountain,
Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

On the Big Rock Candy Mountain
The bears wear crazy socks.
And little streams of root beer float
Come tricklin’ down the rocks.

Oh, the grown-ups all wear silly hats
And the teachers always grin.
There’s a lake there, too, of marshmallow goo,
And you can paddle all around it in a big canoe,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Oh, the buzzing of the bees in the lollipop trees,
By the chocolate milkshake fountain,
Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

On the Big Rock Candy Mountain
The chairs have peppermint legs.
The big dogs all have rubber teeth
And the hens lay chocolate eggs.

The candy trees are full of treats and the barns are full of s’mores.
Oh, I’m bound to go where there’s fresh white snow,
Where the rain don’t fall and the wind don’t blow,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Oh, the buzzing of the bees in the lollipop trees,
By the chocolate milkshake fountain,
Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

On the Big Rock Candy Mountain
They dig for chocolate gold.
And if the truth be told,
You’ll never catch a cold.

There’s no such thing as salty tears,
No bruises, bumps, nor scrapes.
Oh, I’m bound to stay where you can play all day,
Where the skies are blue and never turn gray,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Oh, the buzzing of the bees in the lollipop trees,
By the chocolate milkshake fountain,
Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

I’ll see you all this coming fall
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain!

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