The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4257   Message #23133
Posted By: Bruce O.
06-Mar-98 - 02:26 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Shenandoah
Subject: RE: Song info:
Randolph/ Legman's 'Roll Me in Your Arms' # 94, "The Wide Missouri" has a rare traditional text with tune.

Oh Shen a do ra I love your daughter
Away! you mighty river!
I love the hole where she makes water,
AWAY, we're gone away!
Across the wide Missouri.

Is 'Shenandoah' really the Indian chief or the river as metaphor?

Legman give references to polite texts, but points out that Hugill only printed his polite version in 'Shanties from the Seven Seas', and has a rather different one in his supplement 'Sailing Shanties'.