Rio Grande

Rio Grande

Traditional - Lyrics from Songs of American Sailormen, by Joanna Colcord


Oh, say, was you ever in Rio Grande?
Way, you Rio!
Oh, was you ever on that strand?
For we're bound to the Rio Grande!

And away, you Rio!
Way, you Rio!
Sing fare you well, my pretty young girls,
For we're bound to the Rio Grande.


Oh, New York town is no place for me;
Way, you Rio!
I'll pack up my bag and go to sea.
For we're bound to the Rio Grande!

And away, you Rio!
Way, you Rio!
Sing fare you well, my pretty young girls,
For we're bound to the Rio Grande.


Now, you Bowery ladies, we'll let you know
We're bound to the south'ard - O Lord, let her go!

We'll sell our salt cod for molasses and rum,
And get home again 'fore Thanksgiving has come.

Sing good-by to Nellie and good-by to Sue,
And you who are listening, good-by to you.

And good-by, fair ladies we know in this town;
We've left you enough for to buy a silk gown.

Our good ship's a-going out over the bar,
And we'll point her nose for the South-er-on Star.