The True and Secret Story of the Big Rock Candy Mountain

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Big Rock Candy Mountain Collage

One evening as the sun went down and the jungle fire was burning
Down the track came a hobo hiking and he said, “Boy, I’m not turning
I’m headin’ for a land that’s far away beside the crystal fountains
So come with me we’ll go and see the Big Rock Candy Mountains.”

Written and originally sung by Harry McClintock in 1928, it appears at first blush to be the story of a child being recruited into the life of a hobo by tales of “the big rock candy mountain”.

Many years after the song was first released, McClintock found himself in the center of a copyright dispute. In court, he proved his copyright by noting the original words of the song – specifically the last stanza:

The punk rolled up his big blue eyes
And said to the jocker, “Sandy,
I’ve hiked and hiked and wandered too,
But I ain’t…

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