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Thread #18975   Message #2898397
Posted By: Artful Codger
02-May-10 - 12:43 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Alternate Red River Valley
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Alternate Red River Valley
Compare to the third and fourth verses printed by Fowke in Folk Songs of Canada:

Often think of the Red River Valley.
Very lonely and sad I shall be.

Do remember the heart you are breaking;
Promise you will be faithful to me.

When you sail far across the wide ocean,
May you never forget those bright hours
That we spent on the banks of the river
In the evenings among prairie flowers!

In numerous versions, both cowboy and furtrapper, you will encounter similar verses, so it's difficult to say where you might have picked up that precise portmanteau variant.