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American Ballads and Folk Songs
RED RIVER SHORE*
At the foot of yon mountain, where the fountain doth flow, The greatest creation, where the soft wind doth blow, There lived a fair maiden j she's the one I adore, She's the one I would marry on Red River shore.
I spoke to her kindly, saying, "Will you marry me? My fortune's not great." "No matter," said she. "Your beauty's a plenty, you're the one I adore j You're the one I would marry on Red River shore."
I asked her old father, would he give her to me. "No, sir, she shan't marry no cowboy," said he. So I jumped on my bronco and away I did ride And left my true love on Red River side.
She wrote me a letter, and she wrote it so kind, And in this letter, these words you could find: "Come back to me, darling. You're the one I adore, You're the one I would marry on Red River shore."
So I jumped on my bronco and away I did ride
To marry my true love on Red River side.
But her dad knew the secret, and with twenty and four
Came to fight this young cowboy on Red River shore.
I drew my six-shooter, shooting round after round, Till six men were wounded and seven were down. No use for an army of twenty and four; I'm bound for my true love on Red River shore.
At the foot of yon mountain, where the fountain doth flow, The greatest creation, where the soft wind doth blow, There lives a fair maiden j she's the one I adore j She's the one I will marry on Red River shore.
•Words from Slim Critchlow, Utah Buckaroos, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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