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Thread #18975   Message #191010
Posted By: Stewie
07-Mar-00 - 04:23 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Alternate Red River Valley
Lin, here is Fowke #52 in Penguin edition: ^^

From this valley they say you are going
I shall miss your bright eyes and sweet smile
For alas you take with you the sunshine
That has brightened my 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 girl who has loved you so true

For this long, long time I have waited
For the words that you never would say
Now my last hope has vanished
When they tell me that you're going away

Oh there never could be such a longing
In the heart of a white maiden's breast
As there is in the heart that is breaking
With love for the boy who came west

When you go to your home by the ocean
May you never forget the sweet hours
That we spent in the Red River Valley
Or the vows we exchanged 'mid the bowers

Will you think of the valley you're leaving
Oh how lonely and dreary 'twill be
Will you think of the fond heart you're breaking
And be true to your promise to me

The dark maiden's prayer for her lover
To the spirit that rules o'er the world
His pathway with sunshine may cover
Leave his grief to the Red River girl

Despite its literary pretensions, with its lovely tune, it can raise the hairs on the back of my neck when I hear a sensitive presentation. I could hear Talley in my head as I typed even though he did not sing anywhere near as many verses as that.

Cheers, Stewie.