Return to the Red River Valley

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My grandmother has often told me of when she was a child, riding in a covered wagon on her way to Texas. She claims her aunt was riding along, writing the original "Red River Valley", but the song was later taken by someone else and her aunt never credited. Here is my attempt to reclaim and rewrite the song, to bring it back to the family.


Why all this commotion?
Can't you see that the world's still in motion?
Don't you know that God's love's like an ocean
for every one of His little children?

From this valley I see you are leaving
I will miss your brown eyes and sweet smile
for they say you are taking the sunshine of
the cowboy who loved you a while

The cowboy that loved you completely
the cowboy that tried to be true
the cowboy that can't understand where you're going
until i leave this valley too

Why all this contention?
What all this fighting in the name of religion?
It wasn't God, it was man's sad invention
who've forgotten what it's like to be children

I can't go around with a gun on my tongue
not expecting the rounds to deflect
the blood on all our hands is the same
in the Red River Valley it reflects


from Hold On Family Hands, released March 6, 2017
Written by Colby Pennington



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