We all know this song but if you check out the lyrics it's really a pretty morbid tale of a girl drowning, then her father takes his own life, & the lover who tells the tale goes for Clementine's little sister while Clemetine's remains are used to fertilize flowers.At the end Clementine comes back in a dream to haunt her lover!!!! I was in a strange mood the other day listening to Bing Crosby & his version of the song came on & all of a sudden it got a little upbeat & these lyrics came up: "Ruby lips above the water, Blowing bubbles soft and fine, But alas, I was no swimmer, So I lost my Clementine " I knew I also had a version of Mitch Miller doing the song(yes,I'm old!) & these are the lyrics that were included with his version: Clementine In a cavern, in a canyon, Excavating for a mine, Dwelt a miner, forty-niner And his daughter - Clementine CHORUS(after every verse): 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 Every 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, And forgot my Clementine. Then the miner, forty-niner, Soon began to peak and pine, Thought he oughter join his daughter, Now he's with his Clementine. In a churchyard near the canyon, Where the myrtle doth entwine, There grow roses and the posies, Fertilized by Clementine. In my dreams she still doth haunt me, Robed in garments, soaked in brine; THen she rises from the water And I kiss my Clementine.