Monday, February 9, 2009

Red River Valley

An American pioneer folksong derived from a popular song: "In the Bright Mohawk Valley", by James Kerrigan (1896)
Rise Up Singing chapter: Farm and Prairie, p.56

New collaborator on the Rise Up Singing Project!:

E B7 E - / - - B7 - / E E7 A - / E B7 E -
From this valley they say you are going
We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile
For they say you are taking the sunshine
Which has brightened our pathway a while

Come and sit by my side if you love me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
But remember the Red River Valley
And the one who has loved you so true

Won't you think of the valley you're leaving
Oh, how lonely, how sad it will be?
Oh think of the fond heart that you're breaking
And the grief you are causing to me

As you go to your home by the ocean
May you never forget those sweet hours
That we spent in the Red River Valley
And the love we exchanged 'mid the flowers

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