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Thread #66800   Message #1114947
Posted By: GUEST,Dale
12-Feb-04 - 12:12 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: In the Bright Mohawk Valley
" Bright Mohawk Valley/Bright Sherman Valley/The Red River Valley is in: 33 prison and mountain songs : (for home folks) : containing 33 old favorites that will live forever! New York : Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., c1932."

I have the song book mentioned by Burke. Not much info there, but of course the lyrics, music, guitar chords, etc.

"These three songs are all based on the old favorite 'In The Bright Mohawk Valley.' It is interesting to note how the various sections of the country changed the title to suit the local landscape. What a cinch for songwriters in those days."

Red River Valley
Bright Mohawk Valley
By James J. Kerrigan

Oh, they say from this valley you're going
We shall miss your sweet face and bright smile
You will take with you all of the sunshine
That has gladdened our hearts for a while.

I have waited a long time, my darling
For those words that your lips ne'er would say
Now the hope from my heart has departed
And I'm told that you're going away.

For the sake of the past do not leave me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
Oh! remain in this bright Mohawk Valley
With the fond heart that lives but for you.

Do you think of the valley you're leaving
Oh! how dreary 'twill be when you go
Have you thought of the true heart so lonely
That has loved you and cherished you so.

Tell me not that our lives must be severed
Give me back, love, the smile once so dear
Oh! this valley would lose all its brightness
If its fairest of flow'rs were not here.

Copyright MCMXXXII by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc. Capitol Theatre Building, Cor. Broadway & 51st Street, New York

Compiled and Edited by Elliott Shapiro
Piano Arrangements by Ted Eastwood
Guitar Arrangements by Anthony J. Franchini

Take all that for what it is worth to you.

The guitar arranger, Anthony Franchini was an excellent guitarist of the period, by the way. He often recorded Hawaiian style songs with Frank Ferera