Rio Grande

(1948)

"Rio Grande" is an arrangement of a traditional sea shanty. The arrangement referenced in this entry is that of Celius Dougherty. "Rio Grande" is the first song in Dougherty's collection Five Sea Chanties from 1948.

The Rio Grande River runs through Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico.

Rio Grande
Traditional


Oh! say, was you ever in Rio Grande?
Oh, you Rio!
Oh! say, was you ever on that strand?
Oh, you Rio!
Our ship is a-going out over the bar,
For we’re bound for the Rio Grande.


Then away, you Rio,
‘Way you, Rio,
We’ll point her nose for the Southern star,
For we’re bound for the Rio Grande.


Then blow ye winds, westerly, westerly blow,
Oh, you Rio!
We’re bound to the south’ard, so steady she goes,
Oh, you Rio!
Sing goodbye to Nellie, sing goodbye to Sue,
We’re bound for the Rio Grande.


Then away, you Rio,
‘Way you, Rio,
And you who are listening, goodbye to you,
We’re bound for the Rio Grande.


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