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Sutter’s Mill Chords by Dan Fogelberg


Capo #3
INTRO | Am F | C | Am F | C |
INTRO | Am F | C Am | Dm G | C |

 
In the  
Am 
spring
  of forty-  
seven
 
So the  
Am 
story
  it is  
told
 
Old John  
Am 
Sutter
  went to the Mill  
site 
 
 
Am 
 
Found a  
Dm 
piece
  of shinin’  
gold.

 
Well, he  
Am 
took 
 
it
  to the  
city
 
Where the  
Am 
word
  like wildfire  
spread
 
Old John  
Am 
Sutter
  soon came to  
wishin’ 
 
 
Am 
 
He’d left that  
Dm 
stone
  in the river  
Am 
bed.

 
Oh, they  
came like herds of  
locusts
 
Every  
wo-
man, child and  
Am 
man
 
In their  
lumberin’ connes-  
togas 
 
 
Am 
 
They left their  
Dm 
track
  upon the  
Am 
land.

 
Some would  
fail and some would  
prosper
 
Some would  
die
  and some would  
Am 
killed
 
Some would  
beg the Lord for their de-
liverance 
 
 
Am 
 
Some would  
Dm 
curse
  John Sutter’s  
Mill.

 
Well, they  
Am 
came
  from New York  
City
 
And they  
Am 
came
  from 
 
Ala-
bam’
 
With their  
Am 
dream
  of findin’ for-
tune 
 
 
Am 
 
In this  
Dm 
wild
  unsettled 
 
 
land.

 
Well, some fell  
Am 
prey
  to hostile  
arrows
 
As they  
Am 
tried
  to cross the  
land
 
And some were  
Am 
lost
  in the Rocky  
Mountains 
 
 
Am 
 
With their  
Dm 
hands
  froze to the  
Am 
reins.

 
Some would  
fail and some would  
prosper
 
Some would  
die
  and some would  
Am 
killed
 
Some would  
beg the Lord for their de-
liverance 
 
 
Am 
 
Some would  
Dm 
curse
  John Sutter’s  
Mill.

INSTRU | Am F | C | Am F | C |
INSTRU | Am F | C Am | Dm G | C |

 
Some pushed  
Am 
on
  to 
 
Cali-
fornia
 
Others  
Am 
stopped
  to take their  
rest
 
And by the  
Am 
spring
  of 
 
eighteen-
sixty 
 
 
Am 
 
They had  
Dm 
opened
  up the  
west.

 
And then the  
Am 
railroad
  came 
 
be-
hind 
 
them
 
And the  
Am 
land
  was plowed and  
tame
 
When old John  
Am 
Sutter
  went to meet his  
Maker 
 
 
Am 
 
With not one  
Dm 
penny
  to his  
Am 
name.

 
Some would  
fail and some would  
prosper
 
Some would  
die
  and some would  
Am 
kill
 
Some would  
beg the Lord for their de-
liverance 
 
 
Am 
 
Some would  
Dm 
curse
  John Sutter’s  
Mill.

 
Some would  
Dm 
curse
  John Sutter’s  
Mill 
 
 
Am 
 
Some men’s  
Dm 
thirsts
  are never  
filled.

OUTRO | Am F | C | Am F | C |
OUTRO | Am F | C Am | Dm G | Am G Am |

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