The Rio Grande

The Rio Grande

Traditional - Lyrics from Capstan Bars, by David Bone


Oh, say was you ever in Ri-o Grande.
A-away, you Rio!
It's there that the river brings down gol-den sand.
An' we're bound t' Ri-i-o Grande!

An' a-away Rio! A-way, you Rio!
It's Fa-are ye well, my bonny young girl.
For we're bound t' Ri-i-o Grande!


It's farewell to you, all you girls of th' town.
A-away, you Rio!
Ye've got our half-pay for t' keep ye aroun'.
An' we're bound t' Ri-i-o Grande!

An' a-away Rio! A-way, you Rio!
It's Fa-are ye well, my bonny young girl.
For we're bound t' Ri-i-o Grande!


She's a deep-water ship, an' a deep-water crew.
A-away, you Rio!
Ye can keep t' th' coast but we're damned if we do.
An' we're bound t' Ri-i-o Grande!

An' a-away Rio! A-way, you Rio!
It's Fa-are ye well, my bonny young girl.
For we're bound t' Ri-i-o Grande!


We was sick o' th' beach when our mon-ey was gone.
A-away, you Rio!
An' signed in this packet t' drive her a-long.
An' we're bound t' Ri-i-o Grande!

An' a-away Rio! A-way, you Rio!
It's Fa-are ye well, my bonny young girl.
For we're bound t' Ri-i-o Grande!