Collected by Karl T. Gosnell Sung by Annie Owens
For Mary C. Parler Ola, Arkansas
November 27, 1958
Reel 273, Item 4
Red River Valley
From this valley they say you are going.
We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile.
For they say you are taking the sunshine That has brightened our pathway a while.
Come and sit by my side if you love me;
Do not hasten to bid me adieu;
But remember the Red River Valley And the girl who has loved you so true.
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 that you're causing me.
And the dark maiden's prayer for her lover,
To the spirit that rules o'er the world,
May his pathway be ever in sunshine Is the prayer of the Red River girl.
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