Excavatin' for a mine,
There lived a miner from North Carolina
And his daughter, chubby Clementine
Now every mornin', just about dawnin'
When the sun began to shine
You know she would rouse up, wake all a ‘dem cows up
And walk 'em down to her Daddy's mine
She took the foot bridge, way 'cross the water
Though she weighed two-ninety nine
The old bridge trembled and disassembled
(Oops!) dumped her into the foamy brine
Hey, crackle like thunder, (ho, ho) you know she went under
(ho, ho) blowin bubbles down the line
Hey, I'm no swimmer but were she slimm'a
I might'a saved that Clementine.
(Hey) broke the record, way under water
I thought that she was doin' fine
I wasn't nervous yeah until the service
That they held for Clementine
Hey you sailor (ho, ho) way out in your whaler
With a harpoon, your trusty line
If she shows now, yeah, there she blows now
It just may be chunky Clementine.
(One more time)
Oh my darlin', oh my darlin', oh my darlin'
Oh my darlin', oh my darlin' sweet Clementine
You may be gone but!
You're not forgotten,
Fare thee well
So long, Clementine