Red River Shore
Words and Music by: Alan Lomax
Arranged and adapted by:
At the foot of yon mountain where the fountain doth flow,
the greatest creation, where the soft wind doth blow,
I met a fair maiden; she's the one I adore,
She's the girl I will marry on the Red River shore.
I spoke to her kindly, saying, "Will you marry me?"
My fortune's not great" - "No matter," said she.
"Your beauty's a plenty, you're the girl I adore,
and you're the girl I will marry on the Red River shore."
I asked her old father if he'd give her to me.
"No sir, she can't marry no cowboy," said he.
So I jumped on my bronco and away I did ride,
A-leaving my true love on the Red River side.
She wrote me a letter, and she wrote it so kind,
and there in the letter these words you could find:
"Come back to me, darling, you're the one I adore,
You're the one I would marry on the Red River shore."
So I jumped on my bronco and away I did ride
to marry my true love on the Red River side.
But oh when I got there my true love were dead
To the Red River's arms in despair she had fled
Oh river Red River my love you did take
Oh river Red River my heart you did break
My true love is gone I will see her no more
The fair maiden I loved on the Red River shore