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Thread #4257   Message #3535949
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
10-Jul-13 - 01:35 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Shenandoah
Subject: ADD Version: Shenandoah (from Whall)
From W. B. Whall, Sea Songs and Shanties

Missouri, she's a mighty river
Away you rolling river
The redskin' camp lies on its border
Ah-ha I'm bound away 'cross the wide Missouri

The white man loved the Indian maiden,
With notions his canoe was laden.

"o, Shenandoah, I love your daughter,
I'll take her 'cross yon rolling water."

The chief disdained the trader's dollars:
"My daughter never you shall follow."

At last there came a Yankee skipper,
He winked his eye, and he tipped his flipper.

He sold the chief that fire water,
And 'cross the river he stole his daughter.

"O, Shenandoah, I long to hear you,
Across that wide and rolling river."

Uncertain whether Whall remembered these verses from his days at sea, or heard them from "a Harrow boy."

Sixth Ed., 1927. Note: Songs added to the Second Edition, 1912.