Red River Valley banjo tabs & chords

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  • Backup

    Difficulty

    This is a very common bluegrass-style for this backup tune, which is usually played at a slow-medium pace.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup
  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    This is a straightforward Scruggs version of Red River Valley. This slower speed is a great opportunity to focus on developing, and experimenting with your tone.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Scruggs Style-2

    Difficulty

    This is an "up-the-neck" version of the Red River Valley. There's a few challenges, but nothing that can't be overcome with slow, deliberate practice. Isolate the hard parts, and focus on good tone production.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style-2
  • Single String Style

    Difficulty

    Sometimes when you slow the tempo down, you have a chance to throw in fancier licks. Well, we've got a few for you in this Red River Valley arrangement, and even more with the lick switcher. Enjoy this tune.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Single String Style

Red River Valley lyrics

From this valley they say you are going
We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened oru pathways awhile

Come and sit by my side, if you love me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
Just remember the Red river valley
And the cowboy who loved you so true

I've been thinking a long time, my darling
Of the sweet words you never would say
Now alas must my fond fopes all vanish
For they say you are going away

* Refrain

Do you think of the valley you're leaving
Oh how lonely and how dreary it will be
Do you think of the kind hearts you're breaking
And the pain you are causing to me

* Refrain

They will bury me where you have wandered
Near the hills where the daffodils grow
When you're gone from the Red river valley
For I can't live without you I know

* Refrain