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Shenandoah

Something for the weekend.  The haunting American folk song Shenandoah.  The above version is by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Here is a fine violin version by the Irish group Celtic Woman:

Finally, Haley Westenra, a New Zealand songstress, gives a powerful performance of the song:

Oh Shenandoah,
I long to see you,
Away you rolling river
Oh Shenandoah,
I long to see you,
Away, I’m bound away
‘cross the wide Missouri.
Oh Shenandoah,
I love your daughter
Away, you rolling river.
For her I’d cross,
Your roaming waters.
Away, I’m bound away,
‘Cross the wide Missouri.
‘Tis seven years since last I’ve seen you,
And hear your rolling river,
‘Tis seven years since last I’ve seen you,
Away, we’re bound away
Across the wide Missouri.
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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

6 Comments

  1. Thanks for that Don.
    I’ve always loved that song. When I was a kid my mum, who also loved all this type of music, had a 78 record of Paul Robeson singing the song, and she played it often on the old gramophone she got from her father, till we got a proper record player.

    It is one of the many songs that I remember from my childhood with fond recall.

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