"Oh My Darling, Clementine" is believed to have been written by Percy Montrose in 1884.


*A forty-niner is a miner from the California Gold Rush of 1849.


The tune is believed to be based on an earlier song from 1863 called "Down by the River Liv'd a Maiden" by H. S. Thompson. Though Gerald Brenan in his book "South from Granada" claims the melody was originally an old Spanish ballad. According to Wikipedia, "It was made popular by Mexican miners during the California Gold Rush."

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Oh My Darling, Clementine