SPRINGTIME IN ALASKA
Sung by: Ollie Gilbert
Recorded in Mountain View, AR by George Fisher
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I must . . . through the blizzards of snow;
I’ve been prospecting for two years or more.
I fell in Fairbanks, city on the boom,
Took a little stroll to the Red Dog Saloon.
When I got there, the music was clear,
The prettiest voice I heard in two years,
And the song she was singing made a man’s blood run cold,
When it’s springtime in Alaska, it's forty below.
Red-headed Lil was singing so sweet,
I reached down and took the snow . . . from my feet.
I reached for the girl that was singing the tune,
Did the Eskimo hop all around the saloon.
With a . . . and a grizzly bear hug,
We did our dance on a coal black rug,
And the song she kept singing made a man’s blood run cold,
When it’s springtime in Alaska, it’s forty below.
I was as innocent as I could be;
I didn’t know Lil was Big Ed's wife to be.
He took out his knife, and he gave it a throw;
When it’s springtime in Alaska, I’ll be six foot below.
(Fisher: "That's a good one.")