Rio Grande

Rio Grande

Traditional - Lyrics from Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman, by William Doerfinger


Heave away, Rio! Heave away, Rio!
Singin' fare you well, my bonnie young gal,
And we're bound to Rio Grande!


"May I come with you, my pretty maid?"
Heave away, Rio!
"Oh, may I come with you, oh, my pretty maid?"
When you're bound to Rio Grande!

Heave away, Rio! Heave away, Rio!
Singin' fare you well, my bonnie young gal,
When you're bound to Rio Grande!


"You can please yourself, young man," she did say,
Heave away, Rio!
"You can please yourself, young man," she did say,
Because I'm bound to the Rio Grande!

Heave away, Rio! Heave away, Rio!
Singin' fare you well, my bonnie young gal,
Because you're bound to Rio Grande!


Now, when I can come to you with open arms,
Heave away, Rio!
Oh, when I can come to you with open arms,
When you're bound to Rio Grande!

Heave away, Rio! Heave away, Rio!
Singin' fare you well, my bonnie young gal,
And I'm bound for the Rio Grande!


God bless you, may I only hope for your hand,
Heave away, Rio!
God bless you, may I only hope for your hand,
When you're bound to the Rio Grande!

Heave away, Rio! Heave away, Rio!
Singin' fare you well, my bonnie young gal,
And I'm bound to the Rio Grande!


Now, there is one thing that I would like to say,
Heave away, Rio!
Oh, there is one thing that I would like to say,
And we're bound to the Rio Grande!

Heave away, Rio! Heave away, Rio!
Singin' fare you well, my bonnie young gal,
And we're bound to the Rio Grande!


I pray you tell, oh, may I have your hand?
Heave away, Rio!
I pray you tell, oh, may I have your hand?
And I'm bound to the Rio Grande!

Heave away, Rio! Heave away, Rio!
Singin' fare you well, my bonnie young gal,
And I'm bound to the Rio Grande!


Now, if you'll come back, as you went away--
Heave away, Rio!
If you'll come back, as you went away--
We'll heave to the Rio Grande!

Heave away, Rio! Heave away, Rio!
Singin' fare you well, my bonnie young gal,
And I'm bound to the Rio Grande!


I'll marry you when I come back and we'll say,
Heave away, Rio!
Oh, I'll marry you when I come back and we'll say,
"We'll heave to the Rio Grande!"

Heave away, Rio! Heave away, Rio!
Singin' fare you well, my bonnie young gal,
And I'm bound to the Rio Grande!