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Johnny Horton performs "North To Alaska"

"North to Alaska" is a 1960 hit song recorded by Johnny Horton which featured in the movie of the same name. Though Horton had sung several popular movie tie-in songs, this was the first one that was sung over the opening titles.

 

The song's lyrics during the opening titles of the film provide a back story for the point where the film begins: Sam McCord left Seattle in 1892 with George and Billy Pratt, "crossed the Yukon river" and "found the bonanza gold below that old white mountain just a little southeast of Nome." By "1901" Sam was known as "a mighty man," and his partner George then tells him, "I'd trade all the gold that's buried in this land for one small band of gold to place on sweet little Jenny's hand." George feels that Jenny is his "true love," and he declares he will "build for my Jenny a honeymoon home" below the same mountain where gold was discovered. An instrumental of the song is also played at the saloon on a piano when Sam and Angel arrive in Nome.

 

Written by Jimmy Driftwood, "North to Alaska" topped Billboard magazine's Country Singles chart,reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and eight on Norway Singles Chart.Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

 

Horton died in an automobile accident 5 November 1960 shortly after the song was released.

Johnny Horton - North To Alaska Lyrics

 

Big Sam left Seattle in the year of ninety-two

With George Pratt his partner and brother Billy too

They crossed the Yukon river and they found the bonanza gold

Below that old white mountain

Just a little south-east of Nome

Sam crossed the Majestic mountains to the valleys far below

He talked to his team of huskies

As he mushed on through the snow

With the northen lights a-runnin' wild

In the land of the midnight sun

Yes Sam McCord was a mighty man

In the year of nineteen-one

Where the river is windin' big nuggets they're findin'

North to Alaska go north the rush is on

North to Alaska go north the rush is on

George turns to Sam with his gold in his hand

Said Sam you're lookin' at a lonely lonely man

I'd trade all the gold that's buried in this land

For one small band of gold to place on sweet little Jenny's hand

'Cause a man needs a woman to love him all the time

Remember Sam a true love is so hard to find

I'd build for my Jenny a honeymoon home

Below that old white mountain

Just a little south-east of Nome

Where the river is windin' big nuggets they're findin'

North to Alaska go north the rush is on

North to Alaska go north the rush is on



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