The Music

The main theme music that plays during the title sequence is the famous American folk tune, "Oh My Darling Clementine". Not knowing the lyrics of this song at the time, I never understood why Bill Hogue chose this tune as the main theme. To me, it didn't seem "Miner'ish".

Bill Kunkel , the executive editor of the classic 80's video game magazine, Electronic Games was able to enlighten me...

"The game's title refers to the "original" San Francisco gold rush of  1849. The miners were tagged "'49ers" (hence, the football team) and Bill gave it the two century update."

The words and music to the tune are usually attributed to Percy Montross circa 1880.


Click  HERE to download a Midi file of the tune.

Click HERE to download the original Atari 400/800 tune in MP3 format.


"Oh My Darling Clementine"


In a cavern, in a canyon,

Excavating for a mine

Dwelt a miner forty niner,

And his daughter Clementine



Oh my darling, oh my darling,

Oh my darling, Clementine!

Thou art lost and gone forever

Dreadful sorry, Clementine


Light she was and like a fairy,

And her shoes were number nine,

Herring boxes, without topses,

Sandals were for Clementine.




Drove she ducklings to the water

Ev'ry morning just at nine,

Hit her foot against a splinter,

Fell into the foaming brine.




Ruby lips above the water,

Blowing bubbles, soft and fine,

But, alas, I was no swimmer,

So I lost my Clementine.




How I missed her! How I missed her,

How I missed my Clementine,

But I kissed her little sister,

I forgot my Clementine.