10,000 Maniacs - Gold Rush Brides Lyrics

10,000 Maniacs Our Time in Eden cover art
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Follow the typical signs, the hand-painted lines, down prairie roads.
Pass the lone church spire.
Pass the talking wire from where to who knows?
There's no way to divide the beauty of the sky from the wild western plains.
Where a man could drift, in legendary myth, by roaming over spaces.
The land was free and the price was right.

Dakota on the wall is a white-robed woman, broad yet maidenly.
Such power in her hand as she hails the wagon man's family.
I see Indians that crawl through this mural that recalls our history.

Who were the homestead wives?
Who were the gold rush brides?
Does anybody know?
Do their works survive their yellow fever lives in the pages they wrote?
The land was free, yet it cost their lives.

In miner's lust for gold.
A family's house was bought and sold, piece by piece.
A widow staked her claim on a dollar and his name, so painfully.
In letters mailed back home her Eastern sisters they would moan
as they would read accounts of madness, childbirth, loneliness and grief.

Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Noah’s Dove
  • 2 These Are Days
  • 3 Eden
  • 4 Few and Far Between
  • 5 Stockton Gala Days
  • 6 Gold Rush Brides
  • 7 Jezebel
  • 8 How You’ve Grown
  • 9 Candy Everybody Wants
  • 10 Tolerance
  • 11 Circle Dream
  • 12 If You Intend
  • 13 I’m Not the Man


  • Credits
    publisher: ©NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP
    writers: Natalie A Merchant, Robert Buck
    album: Track 6 in album Our Time in Eden
    release date: 1992-9-29
    popularity : 87 users have visited this page.
    length: 3:26
    producer: Paul Fox
    drums: Jerome Augustyniak
    piano: Dennis Drew and Natalie Merchant
    vocal: Natalie Merchant
    mixer: Ed Thacker
    electric guitar: Robert Buck
    recorded by: Ed Thacker
    Hammond organ: Dennis Drew
    keyboard: Dennis Drew
    additional engineer: Scott Blockland and Michael Reiter
    acoustic guitar: Robert Buck
    accordion: Dennis Drew
    harmonica: Charles Fleischer
    percussion: Jerome Augustyniak
    banjo: Robert Buck
    bass guitar: Steven Gustafson
    pedal steel guitar: Robert Buck
    lap steel guitar: Robert Buck
    electric sitar: Robert Buck
    mandocello: Robert Buck
    Album Information
    label: Elektra Entertainment
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075596138529
    script: Latin