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Red Wing

This song is by Riley Puckett and appears on the compilation American Roots: A History of American Folk Music (1999).

There once was an Indian maid a shy little prairie maid
Who sang all day a love song gay as through the fields she'd while the hours away
She loved an Indian brave this shy little prairie maid
And then one day he rode away to battle far away

Oh the moon shines tonight on pretty Red Wing
The breeze is sighing, the night birds crying
For a far far away her brave is dying
And Red Wings's crying her heart away

She watched for him day and night
She kept all the campfires bright
And under the sky
Each night she would lie
And dream about his coming by and by
But when all the braves returned the heart of Red Wing yearned
For far far away her warrior brave fell bravely in the fray

Now the Moon shines tonight on pretty Redwing
The breeze is sighing, the night birds crying
For a far'neath his star her brave is sleeping
While Redwing's weeping her heart away

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