Another popular American folk song is Red River Valley.
As with many folk songs the origin is unknown. The earliest known manuscript of the lyrics is titled “The Red River Valley” and has the notations “Nemaha 1879” and “Harlan 1885.” “Nemaha and Harlan are the names of counties in Nebraska and are also the names of towns in Iowa.”
In 1896, James J. Kerrigan published the song under the title “In the Bright Mohawk Valley”.
Author and poet Carl Sandburg published the tune and lyrics in his 1927 American Song bag.
The song has been recordedby Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Woodie Guthrie, Connie Francis
The Western Writers ofAmerica voted Red River Valley #10 of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.