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Wagon Train

Updated on November 18, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

We left St. Louis yesterday across the plains to the West

Weathering many miles, dangers, and months before we rest

It’s a wagon train to California led by Captain Tom Jerome

All belongings in these wagons headin’ for our new home

It’s springtime in Missouri and the grass is growing green

Those wagon wheels cut fresh ruts as we head across the plain

We have to make the mountain pass before the snows of fall

If we do not arrive on schedule the winter will stop us all

Ben Bonner's got his wife and kids in the wagon up ahead

Their headin’ to California to break a new homestead

Sam Johnson and his brother are on the wagon to our back

Their off to mine the rivers and put some gold in their sack

My wagon has a bit more room with just me and my new wife

We’re off to California to start working on our new life

We’ll have a farm, some cattle and maybe a couple of kids

Then we’ll look back on this journey and smile at what we did

Some of the wagons are pulled by oxen, some by horse and mule

Just keep up with the train, don’t drop out, that’s the biggest rule

There’s danger out there on the plains, both outlaw and Indians

Of all that we will encounter not many will be our friends

At night we form a circle of the wagons, out here called a laager

It helps us pen our livestock and offers protection from the danger

We cook our food around the fires, share stories and tall tales

Then come the morn, we're off again in these schooners without sails

The storms dance the skies across these vast flat grassy plains

The winds blow down off the Rockies and brings in the rains

Still we march along plodding through the mud and gust

To get to California, we must travel from dawn to dusk

The wagons fan out to each side to get some relief from the dust

The rain comes in torrent sheets and the winds come in gust

Our faces are sunburned and our throats will dry and parch

But save the precious waters for the coming desert march

After weeks of steady traveling the mountains are in sight

We should be crossing them in a day and just another night

Once we get through the pass, our wagons head down to the sea

And all around will be California, a new land for Sara and me

Ol’ Hank Parker lost his wife to fever back on now a week

Shorty Tompkins drowned while trying to swim a little creek

Matt and Sally Walker have a new son born under this sky

We seen a lot of happy and some sad that makes you cry

The mountain road is narrow and these hills are mighty high

Some times I fear we will fall back down the side and die

We all have to work as teams to get these wagons along

Ain't no doing it without the help of Captain Tom Jerome

Struggling our teams and wagons right up to the crest

It looks like we’ll make it, everyone has done their best

We’re on that downhill run for the California land

We’re no longer green; we’ve become a pioneering band

Captain Jerome stops his horse and points there away

He’s point to the land we came for; we’ll make it there today

We’ve survived the long hard journey to see it with our eyes

At the end of this journey, a fertile farming valley lies

Settling into our new land, we’ll begin to build our new home

We’ve arrived at the end of the journey, no more need to roam

But when the sun sets and at and we think back of the plain

We’ll have those precious memories of life in the wagon train

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© 2010 Wayne Brown


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