Red River Valley

Red River Couple

From this valley they say you are going;
We shall miss your bright eyes and sweet smile.
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened our pathway a while.
Daffodil
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!
Daffodil
I've been thinking a long time, my darling,
Of the sweet words you never would say.
Now, alas, my fond hopes must all vanish,
For they say you are going away!
Daffodil
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!
Daffodil
Won't you think of the valley you're leaving?
Oh how lonely, how sad it will be!
Oh think of the fond heart you're breaking,
And the grief you are causing to me.
Daffodil
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!

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"Originally it seems to have been an old New York State song around the turn of the [20th] century called 'In the Bright Mohawk Valley' from which an adaptation was made to produce 'The Bright Sherman Valley' (very close to the Red River). ‘Red River Valley' was an adaptation of this latter tune made over into a cowboy love song."

http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/RR/rnr1.html

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