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Thread #18975   Message #1112211
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
08-Feb-04 - 10:45 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Alternate Red River Valley
Subject: Lyr Add: RED RIVER VALLEY
Lyr. Add: RED RIVER VALLEY 3 (western)
From this valley they say you are going,
I shall miss your sweet face and bright smile.
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened my path for awhile.

I've been thinking a long time, my darling,
Of those sweet words you never would say,
But the last of my fond hopes have vanished
For they say you are going away.

Then come sit here awhile ere you leave us,
Do not hasten to bid us adieu,
But remember the Red River Valley
And the cowboy who loves you so true.

I have promised you darling, that never
Would words from my lips cause you pain;
And my life will be yours forever,
If you only will love me again.

Must the past with its joys all be blighted
By a future of sorrow and pain?
Must the vows that were spoken be slighted?
Don't you think you could love me again?

There never could be such a longing
In the heart of a poor cowboy's breast,
As dwells in this heart you are breaking,
As I wait in my home in the West.

Do you think of this valley you are leaving,
Oh, how lonely and sad it will be!
Do you think of the kind hearts you're grieving
And the pain you are causing to me?

Chorus repeat

I have used the lyrics here that we sang when growing up in the West. There was no mention of a dark maiden or a home over the ocean. Those verses were unknown to us. It was never sung from a girl's viewpoint.

Of course, we had in mind the Red River of the West, not the one up in Canada, which we knew little or nothing about.

These lyrics are close to those in Fife and Fife, "Cowboy and Western Songs," and in Lomax and Lomax, "Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads."