Mudcat Café message #58067 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4257   Message #58067
Posted By: Gene
10-Feb-99 - 09:02 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Shenandoah
Subject: ADD Version: SHENANDOAH
"SHENANDOAH" - one of America's most popular folk songs, is known as a "short haul chanty" and is said to be the true story of a white trader who courted the daughter of an Indian chieftain.

The song apparently originated among American or Canadian voyageurs on the Missouri River - sometimes called the "Miz-zoo".

SHENANDOAH

The old Miz-zoo has friendly waters
Away! You rolling river
The Indians camp along its border
Away! We're bound away
'Cross the wide Missouri.

A white man loved an Indian lady
Away! You rolling river
The daughter of Chief Shenandoah
Away! We're bound away
'Cross the wide Missouri.


Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you
Away! You rolling river
Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you
Away! We're bound away
'Cross the wide Missouri.

Oh Shenandoah, I love your daughter
Away! You rolling river
I bring you tools and fire water
Away! We're bound away
'Cross the wide Missouri.

'Tis seven years since first I knew her
Away! You rolling river
She's in full bloom for a man to woo her
Away! We're bound away
'Cross the wide Missouri.

Oh Shenandoah, with gifts I'm laden
Away! You rolling river
Give me the hand of this young maiden
Away! We're bound away
'Cross the wide Missouri.

Then Shenandoah said - Go! Forsake her!
Away! You rolling river
An Indian brave has come to take her
Away! We're bound away
'Cross the wide Missouri.


Farewell, my love - I'm bound to leave you
Away! You rolling river
Oh Shenandoah, I'll not deceive you
Away! We're bound away
'Cross the wide Missouri.


I moved this message from another thread, decause it was all by itself.
-Joe Offer-