‘Dying Californian’ (free PDF)


A ‘pipe-singing’ (voice-and-smallpipes) arrangement of the popular cowboy-song-turned-shape-note-hymn. Featured on ‘The Piper in the Holler’ album. Please see below for more information, audio and video samples, and a free PDF download.


This song began life as a mid-19th-century American cowboy song about the California Gold Rush (and those who died en route), and was later adapted as a shape-note hymn. This particular arrangement is set for voice and smallpipes, and was recorded on The Piper in the Holler album, and published in the ‘How Can I Keep From Singing‘ collection. Melody, full lyrics, harmony parts, and chord symbols included, all in the key of D-Major.  Click on the below link to download your free copy:

The Dying Californian

Audio sample from The Piper in the Holler album, sounding in the key of G-Major as sung by Hollis Easter, with smallpipe backing [D-chanter, with drones tuned to G and D]:

Video of the original shape-note hymn being sung: