Your browser is not supported. For the best experience, you should upgrade to a modern browser with improved speed and security.

Gold Rush Brides

Gold Rush Brides was written by Natalie Merchant and Robert Buck for their band, 10,000 Maniacs, before Merchant left to pursue a solo career in 1993. It appeared on the last album Merchant recorded with the band, Our Time in Eden. In it, Merchant thinks about the unspoken history of women's role in the expansion into America's prairies. She wonders about who these women were and what they did, acknowledging that many of them must have lost their lives in the pursuit of a better life on free land.

Notes for Parents: The lyrics of this song are suitable for all ages, but some of the historical facts it refers to, and the issues it expresses about the lack of recognition of women's contributions in history, will be most understandable to girls over 10. It would provide an excellent starting point for a discussion about past cultural attitudes to the value of women's work, as well as the question of whether we adequately recognize their contributions now. The video is a live performance by Merchant at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton, New York, from March 2012.

Lyrical Notes: None   Video Notes: None

Current Price:

  • Featured
  • Lowest
Prices as of 05/31/20 07:29
Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Where to Purchase:

What's this?

Support A Mighty Girl & Help Grow Mighty Girls!

It's easy to support A Mighty Girl's girl empowerment mission. Every time you purchase resources using the vendor buttons on our website, A Mighty Girl receives a small commission – all at no added cost to you. Thank you for helping us to provide these resources for everyone raising Mighty Girls!

Product Details

Album Our TIme in Eden
Artist 10,000 Maniacs
Duration 3:23
Release Date Jul 14, 2009
Genre Folk, Pop / Rock
Music Themes Social Issues, Women's Rights / Equality
Label Rhino/Elektra
Recommended Age 10 and up