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Shenandoah is a traditional song from the American south, the earliest recording of which appears in textual references as early as 1894, in Williams' Studies in Folk-Song and Popular Poetry. It is occasionally named as Rolling River, World of Misery, and Across the Wide Missouri.

The song has been recorded by countless folk artists, but the version arranged by Andy Yates appears to primarily combine the core lyrics

Factoids

While some versions contain some lyrics which are questionably racially or sexually insensitive, the Longest Johns version does not contain them.

Lyrics

These lyrics are based on the version performed by the Longest Johns in their Livestream, as a traditional song, the original lyrics are difficult to source.

Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you,
(Away, you rolling river.)
Oh Shenandoah, I long to see you,
(Away, I'm bound to go
'cross the wide Missour-i.)

The chief disdained the trader's dollars
(Away, you rolling river.)
My daughter you shall never follow
(Away, I'm bound to go
'cross the wide Missour-i.)

Oh Shenandoah, I love your daughter,
(Away, you rolling river.)
For her I'd cross the stormy water,
(Away, I'm bound to go
'cross the wide Missour-i.)

For seven long years I courted Sally
(Away, you rolling river.)
For seven more, she took me fancy
(Away, I'm bound to go
'cross the wide Missour-i.)

Oh Shenandoah, I'm bound to leave you,
(Away, you rolling river.)
Oh Shenandoah, I'll nor deceive you,
(Away, I'm bound to go
'cross the wide Missour-i.)

(Away, I'm bound to go
'cross the wide Missour-i.)


Mudcat: Shenandoah Origins