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Shenandoah
Written by trad., arr. by Thompson
Appears on   1000 Years of Popular Music   (2003)
"RT" Disc 4 - Songs Pour Down Like Silver   (2006)
1000 Years of Popular Music DVD   (2006)

Oh, shenandoah, I long to hear you
Look away, you rollin' river
Oh, shenandoah, I long to hear you
Look away. we're bound away
Across the wide missouri

Now the missouri is a mighty river
Look away, you rollin' river.
Indians camp along her border
Look away. we're bound away
Across the wide missouri

Well a white man loved an indian maiden
Look away, you rollin' river
With notions his canoe was laden
Look away, we're bound away
Across the wide missouri

Oh shenandoah, I love your daughter
Look away, you rollin' river
It was for her I'd cross the water.
Look away, we're bound away
Across the wide missouri

For seven long years I courted sally
Look away, you rollin' river
Seven more years I longed to have her
Look away, we're bound away
Across the wide missouri

Well, it's fare-thee-well, my dear,
I'm bound to leave you
Look away you rollin' river
Shenandoah, I will not deceive you
Look away, we're bound away
Across the wide missouri

A work song on the old square-rigged sailing ships, for turning the capstan. The Shenandoah mentioned is more likely the one in Iowa, hence the 'Wide Missouri'.

Some claim that this was a US cavalry song before it was evea sea shanty. There are verses contained in several of dozens of variants about the love of an Indian maiden, but I prefer the stripped down nautical version. There is a Shenandoah off the Missouri River, another in Virginia - take your pick.