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Songs about Shenandoah Valley

Fortunato 17 Oct 00 - 02:56 PM
Ebbie 17 Oct 00 - 04:31 PM
GUEST,Jill B. 17 Oct 00 - 04:42 PM
GUEST 17 Oct 00 - 05:06 PM
mousethief 17 Oct 00 - 05:15 PM
Ebbie 17 Oct 00 - 05:16 PM
Fortunato 18 Oct 00 - 10:21 AM
LR Mole 18 Oct 00 - 11:48 AM
GUEST,Fretless 18 Oct 00 - 12:06 PM
Sorcha 18 Oct 00 - 01:00 PM
Fortunato 18 Oct 00 - 01:17 PM
GUEST,Danielle 31 Dec 11 - 04:03 PM
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Charley Noble 31 Dec 11 - 05:50 PM
Sandy Mc Lean 01 Jan 12 - 11:47 AM
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Allan C. 04 Jan 12 - 09:47 AM
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Subject: Shenandoah Valley Song/Music
From: Fortunato
Date: 17 Oct 00 - 02:56 PM

Please help me with suggestions of songs that pertain in some way to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia or the Blue Ridge Mountains. Yes, I ought to know some and I do, but I'll bet you guys know many I'm not familiar with.

Songs that fit the lifestyle of the valley, the heritage, or simply songs that would be sung there are very welcome.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions. (We're doing a gig that has "Shenandoah Valley Music" as the theme at an arts center).

Chance


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Subject: RE: Help: Shenandoah Valley Song/Music
From: Ebbie
Date: 17 Oct 00 - 04:31 PM

Well, one is 'In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia'. Chorus: I miss her smile in the moonlight
I know she misses me too
In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
I know that my love will be true...

And there are lots of Blue Ridge songs, especially in bluegrass.

When I lived in the Valley, we used to go to a recreational area called Sherando Lake. I have no doubt that it's become monstrously touristed-up because it was already happening the last time I was there, but when I was a kid it was a beautiful spot. I wouldn't mind hearing a song about Sherando Lake...

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Help: Shenandoah Valley Song/Music
From: GUEST,Jill B.
Date: 17 Oct 00 - 04:42 PM

How about Trail Of The Lonesome Pine? I sequenced it awhile ago for my website, try:

http://www.melodylane.net/trail.html

Lyrics available with it. Has a nice Virginia feel to it. The novel is also great, from which the song was based.

Take care, Jill


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Subject: RE: Help: Shenandoah Valley Song/Music
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 00 - 05:06 PM

The Blue Ridge Mt. Blues

The Blue Ridge Breakdown

My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mts.


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Subject: RE: Help: Shenandoah Valley Song/Music
From: mousethief
Date: 17 Oct 00 - 05:15 PM

Isn't there a song that goes

Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you
Away, you rolling river
Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you
Away, I'm bound away
'Cross the wide Missouri

?

Yeah, it's in the DT (slightly different words than I remember). clicky

Do a search in the DT on "Shenandoah" and you'll come up with quite a bit.

Alex
O..O
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Subject: Lyr Add: BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN HOME
From: Ebbie
Date: 17 Oct 00 - 05:16 PM

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN HOME

There's a well-beaten path in this old mountainside
Where I wandered when I was a lad
And I wander alone to the place that I call home
In those Blue Ridge hills far away.

Chorus: Oh, I love those hills of old Virginia
From those Blue Ridge hills I did roam
When I die, won't you bury me in the mountains
Far away in my Blue Ridge mountain home

Now my thoughts wander back to that ramshackle shack
In those Blue Ridge hills far away
My mother and dad were laid there to rest
They are sleeping in peace together there.

I return to that old cabin home with a sigh
I've been longing for days gone by
When I die, bury me on that old mountainside
Make my resting place on the hills so high.


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Subject: RE: Help: Shenandoah Valley Song/Music
From: Fortunato
Date: 18 Oct 00 - 10:21 AM

Thanks everyone! chance


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Subject: RE: Help: Shenandoah Valley Song/Music
From: LR Mole
Date: 18 Oct 00 - 11:48 AM

I don't believe I could sing "ramshackle shack" correctly more than twice out of twenty times.Ransickle shark? Also (creep, creep), does anyone know if "Shenandoah" is related to the word "Shannon"?AND if so, is "Shannon River" one of those redundancies like "Sahara Desert"(desert desert) or that New Jersey fave, "LaRue Road"? Runcible sock.


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Subject: RE: Help: Shenandoah Valley Song/Music
From: GUEST,Fretless
Date: 18 Oct 00 - 12:06 PM

Robin and Linda Williams perform a number of Shenandoah Valley songs, most notably as part of Stonewall Country, the musical play version of the life of Civil War general, Stonewall Jackson. The title song from the play, Stonewall Country, a paean to the valley, is on their Sugar Hill CD ("Live"), along with a haunting love ballad about a trip out of the valley, Across the Blue Mountains. There is, or at least was, also a cast album from Stonewall Country, but I don't see it on Amazon. Perhaps it is out of print, but I doubt it since the play is still in annual summer production at the Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington, VA.


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Subject: RE: Help: Shenandoah Valley Song/Music
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Oct 00 - 01:00 PM

John Denver's "Country Roads?"

Sorcha, who is ducking and runningforcover............


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Subject: RE: Help: Shenandoah Valley Song/Music
From: Fortunato
Date: 18 Oct 00 - 01:17 PM

Two late to run, Sorcha, you're a marked man, uh, person.

It's a beautiful song. I imagine my old pal JP is still getting royalties for his bass playing on the song.

regards, Sorcha, chance


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Subject: RE: Songs about Shenandoah Valley
From: GUEST,Danielle
Date: 31 Dec 11 - 04:03 PM

There's the Marshall Tucker Band song "Blue Ridge Mountain Sky"


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Subject: RE: Songs about Shenandoah Valley
From: kendall
Date: 31 Dec 11 - 04:33 PM

In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
There's a girl who is waiting just for me,
Oh how many times we've walked in the moonlight
And in her loving arms I long to be.

I miss her smiles in the moonlight
Ad I know she misses me too
In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
I know that her love for me is true.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Shenandoah Valley
From: Charley Noble
Date: 31 Dec 11 - 05:50 PM

Way back in the early 1960s Bowdoin College put together a Civil War musical with an original theme song titled "Roll Long Along Shenandoah, Roll Along." I wonder if they still have a copy in their archives. It did have a traditional sound to it as I dimly recall.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs about Shenandoah Valley
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 01 Jan 12 - 11:47 AM

My favourite would be Shenandoah Wind:
Shenandoah Wind


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Subject: Lyr Add: STONE WALL COUNTRY (R & L Willliams)
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 03 Jan 12 - 12:41 PM

'In 2009 Robin and Linda Williams revived their musical Stonewall Country. Stonewall Country is about as catchy as a history lesson can get, tracing a story-arch that takes you from General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson's pre-war life in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley ("Stone Wall Country") to one of Jackson's finest moments during "The Valley Campaign" of 1862 ("Proud Valley Boys").'


STONE WALL COUNTRY
by Robin & Linda Williams

I make my home in Stone Wall Country down a crooked lane,
Where the fields steep and rocky took such toil to claim.
Now the plows run deep in Stone Wall Country; the ground gives back good yields,
And the rocks that blocked the furrows, so worrisome to wield,
Stand in fences 'round the field.

CHORUS: I may leave the Shenandoah, but she'll never leave my heart,
Stone Wall Country, clear-eyed daughter of the stars,
Stone Wall Country, clear-eyed daughter of the stars.

Since I left my home in Stone Wall Country, I have but one concern:
That I will never get back home to see the seasons turn,
Or the sun go down in Stone Wall Country, pink and flamin' red,
With the trees all silhouetted against the mountain's crest
Just over to the west.

I hope to quit this world in Stone Wall Country, and as the years roll 'round,
My bones will turn to limestone and my soul will look down
On the blue haze hills of Stone Wall Country and the valley green,
To watch the golden fields of autumn turn to winter white and clean,
And then blossom in the spring.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Shenandoah Valley
From: Allan C.
Date: 04 Jan 12 - 09:47 AM

I feel certain that Jimmy Dean and his wife, Donna wrote a song about Afton, (as in Afton Mountain in Virginia,) but cannot locate a source for the lyrics. Good song, though that might have been worthy of including. They wrote it at about the same time as they were trying to write a new "State Song" during the drive to replace "Carry Me Back to Olde Virginia" (which was never officially chosen anyway). Their song lyrics and a link to their singing of their song, "Virginia" can be found here:

"Virginia"

Although it sounds a bit schmaltzy, IMHO, it was a finalist in the competition for the new "State Song". However, the legislature dropped the entire issue eventually and not unlike their current federal counterparts, decided to not decide.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHENANDOAH ROLL ON HOME (Mike Campbell)
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 04 Jan 12 - 10:04 AM

I wrote a song about the Confederate raiding ship Shenandoah titled "Shenandoah Roll On Home". Let me know if your interested in it Chance and I'll send you the mp3. Lyrics are:


SHENANDOAH ROLL ON HOME
by Mike Campbell 2004

I am a Confederate sailor man,
Roll on Shenandoah.
I'll fight them Yankees wherever I can,
Roll on Shenandoah.
In eighteen hundred and sixty-four,
We bought from England a ship of war,
We named our ship the Shenandoah,
Shenandoah roll on home.
Roll on, roll on, Shenandoah roll on home.

Around Good Hope to Australian shores,
Roll on Shenandoah.
We've burned their ships and we'll burn some more,
Roll on Shenandoah.
To Alaska where ice and the sea are one,
Where Yankee whaling songs are sung,
They are no match for this ship's guns.
Shenandoah roll on home.
Roll on, roll on, Shenandoah roll on home.

Our Captain Waddell, he is brave and true,
Roll on Shenandoah.
He fought not knowing that the war was through,
Roll on Shenandoah.
Thirty-eight ships as war trophies,
A thousand prisoners taken at sea,
But the war is lost now our ship must flee.
Shenandoah roll on home.
Roll on, roll on, Shenandoah roll on home.

We sailed with speed around Cape Horn,
Roll on Shenandoah.
It's death for us all if we try for home,
Roll on Shenandoah.
For too many months we have not touched sand,
Our duty called and we made our stand,
But it's England's shore where we must land.
Shenandoah roll on home.
Roll on, roll on, Shenandoah roll on home.

There are Union ships searching high and low,
Roll on Shenandoah.
Their merchants rail that our ship must go,
Roll on Shenandoah.
They call us pirates and they scream,
If we get caught we'll be hung it seems,
But they'll only catch us in their dreams,
Shenandoah roll on home.
Roll on, roll on, Shenandoah roll on home.
Roll on, roll on, Shenandoah roll on home.


Best wishes,
Mike


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: SHENANDOAH WIND (Chris Stuart)
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 04 Jan 12 - 11:32 AM

I don't see these lyrics listed:

SHENANDOAH WIND
(Chris Stuart)

(C) In the time of trouble, (F) as the war drew near
(C) I became a soldier, a Virginia volun (G) teer.
(C) Left my farm and family, and (F) as I mustered in,
I could (C) hear my Peggy crying on the (G) Shenandoah (C) wind.

Chorus: (C) Take this pack from my (F) shoul (C) der,
(C) Let me rest here, (G) friend.
(C) Tell my Peggy I (F) love her,
And I'll be (C) home on the (G) Shenandoah (C) wind.

Days were hot and dusty, nights were bitter cold.
We followed General Jackson down the valley road.
We met the Yankee army, and mid the smoke and din,
I could hear the sighing of the Shenandoah wind.

Chorus

Now I walk the valley, wander in the hills,
Whisper on the water, and blow across the fields
Through the Blue Ridge Mountains to that place so dear,
Where I kiss my Peggy, and I dry her tears.

Chorus


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Subject: Lyr Add: IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHENANDOAH (Carter)
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 04 Jan 12 - 11:49 AM

IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHENANDOAH : The Carter Family

As we sit alone tonight
In the stillness of the night
I picture happy scenes of long ago
Of a maiden fair and bright
Who is sleeping there tonight
In the valley of the Shenandoah Rridge

CHORUS: It was in the month of June
When the roses were in bloom
When I held her in my arms and softly said
Darling in the coming spring
I'll be coming back again
To the valley of the Shenandoah Ridge

When I left her all alone
In our Shenandoah home
She promised she'd be waiting there for me
But the angels came along
And took her from our home
In the valley of the Shenandoah Ridge

When the evening shadows fall
In memory I recall
A pledge when I gave to her a ring
Darling in the coming spring
I'll be coming back again
To the valley of the Shenandoah Ridge.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Shenandoah Valley
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Mar 13 - 11:18 AM

Heard a song that talked about sweet home Virginia, breathe the blue ridge mountain air and that if he got a second chance the shenadoah valley would be where he'd stay. Any
One know this?


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Subject: RE: Songs about Shenandoah Valley
From: oldhippie
Date: 01 Mar 13 - 04:22 PM

"Goodbye To West Virginia" Bobby Ross on his "Voice of America" cd


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Subject: RE: Songs about Shenandoah Valley
From: Ebbie
Date: 01 Mar 13 - 04:55 PM

Virginians, oldhippie, would be very quick to assure you that WEST Virginia ain't Virginia. :)


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Subject: RE: Songs about Shenandoah Valley
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Mar 13 - 09:21 PM

How about this one from the Carter Family:

Mid the green fields of Virginia in the vale of Shenandoah
There's an ivy covered homestead that I love
With it's quaint old fashioned chimney and it's simple homelike air
'Tis the home of my dear parents, now above

Chorus:
There's a peaceful cottage there, a happy home so dear
My heart is longing for them day by day
Where I spent life's golden hours in the vale of Shenandoah
'Mid the green fields for Virginia far away

Though I'm living in a mansion grand with wealth at my command
I'd give it all, just for a single day
To play with my yound comrades, and see my mother dear
'Mid the green fields for Virginia far away

'Mid the green fields of Virginia, stands an old mill by the stream
And I'd come to that old spot to sing and play
Oh how often would I throw the stones into that babbling brook
And I dreamed some day 'twould carry me away

Yes the dream came true, one day in June, I left the dear old home
They told me mother's heart had broke that day
Oh if I could but see her, I'd lay me down and die
'Mid the green fields for Virginia far away


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Subject: RE: Songs about Shenandoah Valley
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 08:29 PM

Does anyone know of lyrics to the song "Shennandoah" which tell the story of a slave ship and it's journey across the sea instead of the missouri? I heard this version on a folk show years ago and would like to recover the lyric. The distinctive thing is that the tag "I'm bound away" is not in this version and so it seems like perhaps an older version or more true rendition of the song's origin.
MIke


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Subject: RE: Songs about Shenandoah Valley
From: Bobert
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 08:43 PM

Okay, lets do a little geography here...

How many Shenandoah Valleys are there???

Answer: 2

Huh???

That's right... There are two forks of the river separated by the Massanutten Mountain... The north fork and the south fork... The north fork runs exclusively thru Virginia in the west side of Massanutten and starts near Roanoke, Virginia... The south fork runs in the east side if the Massanutten and also exclusively in Virginia...

Then just north of Front Royal, Virgina the two hook up as the Shenandoah River which again runs mostly in Virginia until it enters the panhandle of West Virginia for about 20, maybe 30, miles where it hooks up with the Potomac River at Harpers ferry, West Virginia which is literally across the Potomac from both Virgina and Maryland...

There ya'll have it...

Ol' hillbilly...


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Subject: Lyr Add: 'MID THE GREEN FIELDS OF VIRGINIA (Harris
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Apr 13 - 01:45 PM

From the sheet music at Mississippi State University:


'MID THE GREEN FIELDS OF VIRGINIA (IN THE VALE OF SHENANDOAH)
Words and music by Charles K. Harris
New York : Charles K. Harris, ©1898.

1. 'Mid the green fields of Virginia in the vale of Shenandoah,
There's an ivy covered homestead that I love.
With its quaint old-fashioned chimney and its simple homelike air,
'Twas the home of my dear parents, now above.
Though I'm living in a mansion grand with wealth at my command,
I'd give it all, just for a single day,
To play with my young comrades, and see my mother dear,
'Mid the green fields of Virginia far away.

CHORUS: There's a peaceful cottage there, a happy home so dear—
My heart is longing for them day by day—
Where I spent life's golden hours in the vale of Shenandoah,
'Mid the green fields of Virginia far away.

2. 'Mid the green fields of Virginia stands an old mill by the stream,
And I'd come to that old spot to sing and play.
Ah, how often would I throw the stones into that babbling brook,
And I dreamed some day 'twould carry me away.
Yes, the dream came true: one day in June, I left the dear old home.
They told me Mother's heart had broke that day.
Oh, if I could but see her, I'd lay me down and die
'Mid the green fields for Virginia far away.


[When the Carters sang this song, they discarded the second half of each verse.]


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