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"Red River Valley," Lyrics, Text Format

Common time, beginning syncopation, and tonic arpeggios.



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Traditional Cowboy Folk Song
  • Key: G Major 
  • Time: 4/4 – common time (C)
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ti ti ta ti ti | syncopation,
    | ti ta/ (ta) ti | syncopation, | ta/a (ta) ti ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do (P4), Do\So (P4), So/Do/Mi – Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggios (I G), Re/So (P4), Fa\La (m6), So/Ti (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, common time (4/4), syncopation, all verse syllables match original rhythm 
  • Key Words: world geography: Red River Valley: Manitoba, Canada; USA geography: North Dakota, Minnesota; USA/Canada history, cowboy love song, cowboy pining song, brightened, a while, hasten, bid me adieu (French), leaving, lonely, fond, breaking, grief, causing, ocean, exchanged, mid; contractions: won’t (will not) , you’re (you are)
  • Recorder: intermediate: two ascending tonic arpeggios, syncopation

“Red River Valley”

From the valley they say you are going
We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened our path for a while.
Come and sit by my side if you love me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
But remember the Red River Valley
And the cowboy who loved you so true.
3. Won’t you think of the valley you’re leaving
Oh how lonely, how sad it will be?
Oh think of the fond heart you are breaking
And the grief you are causing to me.
4. As you go to your home by the ocean
May you never forget those sweet hours
That we spent in the Red River Valley
And the love we exchanged mid the flowers
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