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Thread #18975   Message #1112653
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
09-Feb-04 - 01:12 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Alternate Red River Valley
Subject: Lyr Add: LOST RIVER DESERT (from Fife and Fife)
From this desert I know you are leaving,
I have read the sad news in your eyes,
There's no beauty for you in these prairies,
And you're blind to the blues of the skies.

I had many fond hopes of your coming,
I had built my dream castles on air,
But alas, that fair picture is fading,
The desert my heart must repair.

Let me point out to you the Great Dipper,
You may see it wherever you roam,
And some day you may see it and wonder,
As you picture me here in my home.

From this city you'll write me a letter,
Remember the lock of your hair,
Just address it to Lost River Desert,
To the Ranger who welcomes you there.

The coyotes will howl all around me,
While so sadly I strum my guitar,
While I pour out the love I must vanquish
Into the mirage of a star.

Some night you may see the Great Dipper,
And fancy I'm sitting with you,
In the shade of the silent desert,
The spot where you vowed to be true.

PNFQ 271, from Fife and Fife, "Cowboy and Western Songs," No. 56, "Red River Valley," with music, text C, p. 159. No author indicated.