Sam Magee Song Lyrics and Chords

 

Sam Magee Song Lyrics and Chords by Johnny Horton

 

Sam Magee
Recorded by Johnny Horton
Written by Jimmie Driftwood
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There's a valley by the ol' North  
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Pole
 
Where ol'  
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Sam Magee died in search of  
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gold
 
Where ever I  
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wander in memo
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ries
 
I see the  
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smoke from the  
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pipe of Sam  
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Magee
 
(He sees the smoke from the  
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pipe of Sam  
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Magee)
 
We had  
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wandered way up there above the  
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Klondike
 
Where we  
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found the mighty mountain made of  
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gold
 
There old  
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Sam he got sick and made me  
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promise
 
That if he  
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die I wouldn't leave him in that  
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cold
 
(That if he  
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die wouldn't leave him in that  
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cold)
 
The next  
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morning he was cold and stiff and lifeless
So I dragged him forty days upon my sled
Till I found a final driftwood near the valley
 
It was  
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there I got the notion in my head
(It was there he got the notion in his head)
 
I took out my  
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matches and I built a  
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fire
 
And I  
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laid old Sam upon the funeral  
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pyre
 
He sat up a  
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grinnin' with his pipe in his  
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mouth
 
He sang ho  
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ho this is  
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mighty like the  
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south
 
(He sang ho ho this is  
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mighty like the  
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south)
 
The flames around him had a heavenly  
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glow
 
And the  
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northern lights were just one big  
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rainbow
 
He sat there a  
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grinnin' with his pipe in his  
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mouth
 
He sang ho  
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ho this is  
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mighty like the  
C 
south
 
(He sang ho ho this is  
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mighty like the  
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south)

 

FAQ

 

Who sang the the song Sam Magee?
- The song Sam Magee was sang by Johnny Horton.

 

Who is Johnny Horton?
- John LaGale Horton (April 30, 1925 - November 5, 1960) was an American country music, honky tonk and rockabilly singer and musician, during the 1950s and early 1960s, best known for his saga songs that became international hits beginning with the 1959 single "The Battle of New Orleans", which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. The song was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award and in 2001 ranked No. 333 of the Recording Industry Association of America's "Songs of the Century". His first No. 1 country song was in 1959, "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)".
Horton's music usually encompassed folk ballads based on American historic themes and legend. He had two successes in 1960 with both "Sink the Bismarck" and "North to Alaska," the latter utilized over the opening credits to the John Wayne film of the same name. Horton died in November 1960 at the peak of his fame in a traffic collision, less than two years after his breakthrough. Horton is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

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