John Gorka Corona session
1st homemade video (April 5, 2020)

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March 31, 2020
April 5, 2020


. John Gorka - Red River Valley

Here is my 1st homemade video. Itís not perfect but I hope you like it

"Red River Valley" is a folk song and cowboy music standard of uncertain origins that has gone by different names (such as "Cowboy Love Song", "Bright Sherman Valley", "Bright Laurel Valley", "In the Bright Mohawk Valley", and "Bright Little Valley"), depending on where it has been sung.
It is listed as Roud Folk Song Index 756 and by Edith Fowke as FO 13. It is recognizable by its chorus (with several variations)... >>>
From this 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 pathway a while.

So come sit by my side if you love me.
Do not hasten to bid me adieu.
Just remember the Red River Valley,
And the cowboy that has loved you so true.



In 1925, Carl T. Sprague, an early singing cowboy from Texas, recorded it as "Cowboy Love Song" (Victor 20067, August 5, 1925).


Woody Guthrie recordes this song for Asch Recordings 19 April 1944. Guthrie also recorded for Asch the Spanish Civil War version, "Jarama Valley".

  Pete Seeger has the best banjo melody of any version of this song if you ask me.Recorded in 1962 on "American Favorite Ballads - Songs and Tunes, Vol. 5" .





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