Latest News – March 1

A Leadville Ski Joring Tribute

By Kathy Bedell 

(Sung to the tune of “Home On the Range”)Joring_1_LeadvilleToday

Oh, give me a horse and a rider of course,

And then put some snow down in the street.

Grab a person with skis, and really good knees,

Harrison Avenue is where we will meet.

Chorus:

Ski, ski down the street,

Where the jorer and horses do meet.

Where never is heard, a discouraging word,

We just hope that they land on their feet.Joring_2_LeadvilleToday

 Oh give me a hill and the skiers to thrill,

Over jumps as they fly through the air.

The horses are quick and the course can be slick,

No other event can compare.

Chorus:

Ski, ski down the street,

Where the jorer and horses do meet.

Where never is heard, a discouraging word,

We just hope that they land on their feet.Joring_4_LeadvilleToday

 Oh give me a place, where a race is a race,

And  the best joring team gets the win.

We think we’re the best, so to heck with the rest,

Remember: “Don’t fence me in!”

Chorus:

Ski, ski down the street,

Where the jorer and horses do meet.

Where never is heard, a discouraging word,

We just hope that they land on their feet.Joring_5_LeadvilleToday

 Oh give me your bet and you ‘II never regret,

The investment you make in a team.

As they pick up a ring, hear the money — ka-ching!

It’s like living the lot­tery dream.

Chorus:

Ski, ski down the street,

Where the jorer and horses do meet.

Where never is heard, a discouraging word,

We just hope that they land on their feet.Joring_6_LeadvilleToday 

And later at night, when the heavens are bright,

Cold beer and good whiskey will flow.

So put on your pants and get ready to dance,

Just perhaps it will bring on more snow!

Chorus:

Ski, ski down the street,

Where the jorer and horses do meet.

Where never is heard, a discouraging word,

We just hope that they land on their feet.

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Leadville’s connection to “Home On The Range” 

The original song “Home on the Range,” has a true Leadville beginning. It was 1885 and a group of young miners were trying to make ends meet by writ­ing and playing music at some Leadville saloons. The foursome lived in a small cabin on the out­skirts of town which they referred to as the “Junk Lane Hotel.”

Bob, Bill, Bingham, and Jim penned the song “Colorado Home”, which went on to be known as the popular “Home on the Range.”

In fact, on November 19, 1945, the Leadville origins of this well-known song were recognized and inserted into the Congressional Record.

Once you read these less commonly known verses, you can better understand the song’s Leadville connection.

Oh, give me the hill and the ring of the drill,

In the rich silver ore in the ground;

And give me the gulch, where the miners can sluice,

And the bright yellow gold can be found.

Oh, show me the camp where the prospectors tramp,

And business is always alive;

Where dance halls come first and faro banks burst,

And every saloon is a dive.

 

I love this town!

Have a safe and happy Leadville Ski Joring Weekend!

 

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