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RED RIVER VALLEY (Traditional - North American) Carl T. Sprague (recorded under the title "Cowboy Love Song") - 1925 Kelly Harrell (recorded under the title "Bright Sherman Valley") - 1926 Jules Verne Allen (recorded under the title "Cowboy's Love Song") - 1929 Gene Autry (feat. in the film "Red River Valley") - 1936 Tex Morton - 1938 Frank Luther (recorded under the title "Bright Mohawk Valley") - 1939 Henry Fonda (feat. in the film "The Grapes Of Wrath") - 1940 Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers (feat. in the film "Red River Valley") - 1941 Woody Guthrie - 1944 The Andrews Sisters (with Vic Schoen & His Orch.) - 1944 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - 1947 Bill Haley & The Four Aces Of Western Swing - 1948 Jo Stafford & The Starlighters - 1949 Rex Allen (feat. in the film "Red River Shore") - 1953 Jo Stafford & The Norman Luboff Choir - 1953 Eddy Arnold - 1955 Jimmy Wakely - 1956 Dick Curless - 1958 George Melachrino & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1958 Elton Britt - 1959 The Sons Of The Pioneers - 1959 Johnny & The Hurricanes (Instr. under the title "Red River Rock) - 1959 Marty Robbins - 1960 Connie Francis - 1961 Pete Seeger - 1962 Tex Ritter with Stan Kenton & His Orch. - 1962 The Willis Brothers - 1962 Grady Martin (Instr.) - 1962 Grant Green (Instr.) - 1962 Roy Acuff - 1963 Slim Critchlow - 1963 The Ventures (Instr. under the title "Red River Rock) - 1963 New Christy Minstrels - 1964 Lloyd Green (Instr.) - 1964 Bill Black Combo (Instr.) - 1964 Helena Vondrácková - 1964 Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys (Instr.) - 1967 Stonewall Jackson - 1968 Tex Ritter - 1969 Edmundo Ros & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1970 Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass (Instr.) - 1972 Johnny Bond - 1974 Slim Whitman - 1977 Jimmy Newman - 1978 Moe Bandy - 1982 Michael Martin Murphey - 1990 Lynn Anderson - 1992 Arlo Guthrie - 1992 Harvey Reid - 1992 The Lewis Family Band - 1996 Waddie Mitchell - 1997 George Strait - 1998 Cowboy Envy - 2000 Carol Noonan - 2001 Cassandra Wilson - 2006 Bucky Pizzarelli - 2010 Also recorded by: Jimmie Rodgers; Delmore Brothers; Mike Anderson; Larry Groce; Uncle Dave Macon; Alasdair Gillies; Johnnie Ray; Glenn Yarbrough; Country Gentlemen; Boxcar Willie; Josephine Cameron; John Darnielle; Raymond Fairchild; Foster & Allen; Riley Puckett; Riders in the Sky; Roger Whittaker; Billy Walker; "Red River" Dave McEnery; Firehouse Five Plus Two; The Mills Brothers; Goebel Reeves; McGuire Sisters; Foy Willing & Riders Of The Purple Sage.....and others. From this valley they say you are going I will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile For you know you are takin' the sunshine That has brightened my pathway a while So, come and sit by my side if you love me Do not hasten to bid me adieu Just remember the Red River Valley And the cowboy who loved you so true Won't you think of the valley you're leaving Oh, how lonely, how sad it will be Won't you think of the heart you are breaking And the grief you are causing to me As you go to your home by the ocean May you never forget those sweet hours That we spent in the Red River Valley And the love we exchanged mid the flowers I have promised you, darling, that never Will a word from my lips cause you pain And my life, it will be yours forever If you only will love me again I have waited a long time, my darling For those words that you never would say Till at last as my poor heart is breaking They tell me you're going away They will bury me where you have wandered Near the hills where the daffodils grow When you're gone from the Red River Valley For I can't live without you I know Then come sit by my side if you love me Do not hasten to bid me adieu Just remember the Red River Valley And the cowboy who loved you so true +++++++++ As recorded by the ANDREWS SISTERS and the McGUIRE SISTERS: Please come back to the Red River Valley Please come back to a heart that is true I'll be here in the Red River Valley I'll be waiting, my darling, for you Oh, my darling, I know you are leaving Though you say it is just for awhile But my darling you know I'll be grieving For the sound of your voice and your smile (I have waited a long time, my darling) (For the words that you never would say) (Now I know that my dreams are all ending) (For I know you are going away, far away) Please come back to the Red River Valley Please come back to a heart that is true I'll be here in the Red River Valley I'll be waiting, my darling, for you I'll be waiting, my darling, for you ++++++++++ TRIVIA: Although the origins of this song are not known with any certainty, it is thought by many to be of Canadian origin, being the lament of an Indian maiden in love with a British soldier in Rupert's Land (in what is now the Canadian province of Manitoba) following the 1869-70 Red River Rebellion. Below is one of the earliest known versions: From this valley they say you are going We will miss your bright eyes and fair smile But alas, you take with you the sunshine That has brightened my pathway awhile Chorus: Then consider awhile ere you leave me Do not hasten to bid me adieu But remember the Red River Valley And the girl that has loved you so true It is a long time I've been waiting For the words that you never would say, But alas, all my hopes they have vanished For they say you are going away Chorus Do you think of he valley you're leaving How lonesome and dreary 'twill be Do you think of the heart you have broken And the sorrow that o'ershadows me Chorus From this valley they say you are going When you go, may your darling go too Would you leave her behind unprotected When she loves no other but you Chorus I have promised you, darling, that never Will a word from my lips cause you pain And my life, it will be yours forever If you only will love me again Chorus Must the past with its joys be blighted By the future of sorrow and pain And the vows that were spoken be slighted Don't you think you can love me again Chorus As you go to your home by the ocean May you never forget those sweet hours That we spent in the Red River Valley And the love we exchanged 'mid the flowers Chorus There never could be such a longing In the heart of a white maiden's breast As there is in the heart that is breaking With love for the boy who came West Chorus And the dark maiden's prayer for her lover To the Spirit that rules over the world May his pathway be ever in sunshine Is the prayer of the Red River girl Chorus

    


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