Rio Grande

DESCRIPTION: Shanty. Characteristic line: "[Heave] away, Rio... And we're bound for the Rio Grande." Most versions revolve about a sailor preparing to leave port, and the girl (or girls) he is about to leave behind (with or without regret)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1894 (Alfred M. Williams, _Studies in Folk-Song and Popular Poetry_, pp. 1 ,8)
KEYWORDS: shanty sailor parting
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW,NE) Canada(Mar) Britain(England) West Indies(St Vincent)
REFERENCES (20 citations):
Doerflinger, pp. 64-66, "Rio Grande" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Walton/Grimm/Murdock, pp. 34-36 "Rio Grande" (1 composite text, 1 tune)
Bone, pp. 114-115, "The Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Colcord, pp. 86-87, "Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Harlow, pp. 111-112, "Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill, pp. 87-96, "Rio Grande" (8 texts plus several fragments, 2 tunes; the 5th text is a Norwegian version, "Opsang for 'Preciosa'") [AbEd, pp. 80-87]
Sharp-EFC, XXI, p.24, "Rio Grand" (1 text, 1 tune)
Linscott, pp. 146-148, "Rio Grande" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Beck-Maine, pp.197-198, "Rio Grande" (1 text)
Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 21-23, "Away, Rio!" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 488-489, "The Rio Grande" (1 text+floating verses, 1 tune)
Smith/Hatt, p. 20, "Bound to Rio" (1 text)
Mackenzie 104, "The Rio Grande" (2 texts, 2 tunes); "I'm Bound For the Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Terry-Shanty1, #2, "Bound for the Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Abrahams-WIShanties, pp. 82-83, "Royo Groun'" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fireside, p. 140, "The Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 93, "Rio Grande" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). "Rio Grande" is in Part 2, 7/21/1917.
Frederick Pease Harlow, _The Making of a Sailor, or Sea Life Aboard a Yankee Square-Rigger_, 1928; republished by Dover, 1988, pp. 321-322, "Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #317
Almanac Singers, "Away, Rio" (General 5017A, 1941; on Almanac02, Almanac03, AlmanacCD1)
Fishermen's Group, Cadgwith, "Rio Grande" (on LastDays)
Joseph Hyson, "Rio Grande" (on NovaScotia1)
Minster Singers, "Rio Grande" [medley w. "Blow the Man Down"] (Victor 61148, n.d.; prob. c. 1903)
Capt. Leighton Robinson w. Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur & Leighton McKenzie, "Away Rio" (AFS 4232 A, 1939; on LC27 as "Rio Grande"; in AMMEM/Cowell)

Away for Rio,
Bound for the Rio Grande
Oh, Aye, Rio
NOTES: The "Rio Grande" of this song is almost certainly not the river of southwestern North America, but rather the province Rio Grande do Sul of southern Brazil. - RBW
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