|Artist:||Carl T. Sprague (English)|
|Chord names:||Not defined|
Red River Valley [ in F ]
First recorded 1925 by Carl T. Sprague; he associated it with the river between Oklahoma and Texas.
Or it could have been the Red River of Kentucky, which would have run virtually in our back yard - if we had had a back yard, or any yard, in our poor rent house
But - was most likely the Red River that separates North Dakota and Minnesota, although it wasn’t written about that area. That river flows north, through Manitoba, and that Canadian Red River is surely the one referenced in the song.
But - it also wasn’t the song of a cowboy singing to his girlfriend who was leaving. It was, originally, the song of a Metis Indian girl to her lover, an Anglo soldier.
At any rate, it became so popular as a Western U.S./cowboy song that both Gene Autry and Roy Rogers starred in separate movies titled “Red River Valley.”
F C7 F
From this valley they say you are going
I will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile
F F7 Bb
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened our pathway awhile
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
Far so long now my dear I've been waiting
For those words that you never would say
Now at last all my fond hopes have vanished
For today you are going away
Won't you think of this valley you're leavin'
And how lonely and sad it will be
Won’t you think of the heart you are breaking
And the grief you are causing to me
additional verses from Powder River Jack
I have promised you, darling, that never
Would a word from my lips cause you pain
I have promised to be yours forever
If you will only love me again
Oh there never should be such a longing
Such an anguish and pain n the breast
As dwells in the heart of a cowboy
Where I wait in my home in the West
So bury me out on the prairie
Where the roses and wildflower grow
Lay me to sleep by the hillside
For I can’t live without you I know.