RED RIVER VALLEY

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American English, United States Department of State.

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From this valley they say you are going,

I will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile,

For they say you are taking the sunshine,

that brightens our pathways awhile.


Come and sit by my side if you love me,

do not hasten to bid me a-dieu,

but remember the Red River Valley,

and the cowboy who loved you so true.


I’ve been thinking a long time, my darlin’,

Of the sweet words you never would say,

now, alas, all my fond hopes must vanish.

For they say you are going away.

Do you think of the valley you’re leaving?

Oh, how lonely and sad it will be!

Do you think of the kind hearts you’re breaking,

and the pain you are causing to me?


Come and sit by my side if you love me,

do not hasten to bid me a-dieu,

but remember the Red River Valley,

and the cowboy who loved you so true.


I have promised you, darlin’, 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.

Red River of the South in Texas

The Red River Expedition at Kakabeka Falls

 Artist: Frances Anne Hopkins  (1838–1919)  

FAH Red River Expedition
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‘The true story of the song "Red River Valley" ‘, Manitoba History (Issue 72).

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