Thursday, February 10, 2011

Big Rock Candy Mountain Utah

I have memories of the song "Big Rock Candy Mountain" from the 1950s. On the other hand, here in Richfield, Utah, big Rock Candy Mountain is a few miles south. On reading the words to the song in their local tourist slick magazine, I see that my memory of the song is very vague.

Big Rock Candy Mountain is heaven for hoboes. It is for bums who don't (or minimally) support themselves. It's the place where every box car has room for another illegal hitchhiker and the railway security "bulls" are blind. It has all a hobo's needs. A cigarette tree. Liquor flows down the cliffs. There is a pool of stew and one of whiskey too, which you can traverse in a canoe.

And for decades I thought the song was about a mountain of candy.
[photo coming]