saginaw, michigan lyrics – johnny cash

i was born in saginaw, michigan
and i grew up in a house on saginaw bay
my daddy was a poor hard working saginaw fisherman
too many times he came home with too little pay

i loved a girl in saginaw, michigan
she was the daughter of a wealthy, wealthy man
but he called me, “that son of a saginaw fisherman”
and not good enough to ever claim his daughter’s hand

that’s why i’m up here in alaska looking around for gold
like a crazy fool i’m a digging in the frozen ground, so cold
but with each new day i pray i’ll strike it rich and then
i’ll go back home and claim my love in saginaw, michigan

i wrote my love in saginaw, michigan
i said, “honey, i’m a coming home, please wait for me
and you can tell your dad that i’m coming back a richer man
i’ve hit the biggest strike in klondyk* history”

her dad met the bus in saginaw, michigan
and he gave me a great big party with champagne
then he said, “son, you’re wise, young ambitious man
why don’t you sell your father-in-law your klondyk* claim?”

now he’s up there in alaska digging in the cold, cold ground
that greedy fool is a looking for the gold i never found
but it serves him right and n*body here is missing him
least of all the newly-weds of saginaw, michigan

/ johnny cash lyrics