Oh My Darling Clementine Nursery Rhyme Lyrics, Video, and Printable

Oh My Darling, Clementine is a traditional American folk ballad and nursery rhyme that has been popular for many years.

The song tells the story of a young woman named Clementine who, tragically, drowns in a river.

The lyrics are often whimsical and humorous, making it suitable for children despite the somewhat morbid theme.

Lyrics for Oh My Darling Clementine

Oh my darling, oh my darling,
Oh my darling, Clementine!
Thou art lost and gone forever
Dreadful sorry, Clementine

Verse 1:
In a cavern, in a canyon,
Excavating for a mine
Dwelt a miner forty niner,
And his daughter Clementine


Verse 2:
Light she was and like a fairy,
And her shoes were number nine,
Herring boxes, without topses,
Sandals were for Clementine.


Verse 3:
Drove she ducklings to the water
Ev’ry morning just at nine,
Hit her foot against a splinter,
Fell into the foaming brine.


Verse 4:
Ruby lips above the water,
Blowing bubbles, soft and fine,
But, alas, I was no swimmer,
So I lost my Clementine.


Verse 5:
How I missed her! How I missed her,
How I missed my Clementine,
But I kissed her little sister,
I forgot my Clementine.

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