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American Ballads and Folk Songs
I'm drinkin' of rum and chawin' tobacco—
Hi! Oh! The rolling river!
I'm drinkin' of rum and chawin' tobacco—
Ha! Ha! I'm bound away for the wild Miz-zou-rye.
I learned this song from Tommy Tompkins—
Hi! Oh! The rolling river!
I learned this song from Tommy Tompkins—
Ha! Ha! I'm bound away for the wild Miz-zou-rye.
SHENANDOAH*
Missouri she*s a mighty river,
Away-ay, you rolling river.
The Indians camp along its borders,
Aha, I'm bound away
'Cross the wide Missouri.
The white man loved an Indian maiden, With notions his canoe was laden.
O Shenandoah, I love your daughter, I've crossed for her the rolling water.
The chief, he made an awful holler, He turned away the trader's dollars.
Along there came a Yankee skipper, He winked at her and tipped his flipper.
He sold the chief some fire water,
He got him drunk and stole his daughter.
O Shenandoah, I long to hear you, Come back across the rolling water.
(Each verse carries the same refrain as the first.)
*Sent by Captain A. E. Dingle, Cove Cottage, West Bermuda. Tune identical with "The Wild Miz-zou-rye.**
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