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,Newf) Britain(England) West Indies(St Vincent)
REFERENCES (31 citations):
Doerflinger-SongsOfTheSailorAndLumberman, pp. 64-66, "Rio Grande" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Walton/Grimm-Windjammers-SongsOfTheGreatLakesSailors, pp. 34-36 "Rio Grande" (1 composite text, 1 tune)
Bone-CapstanBars, pp. 114-115, "The Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Colcord-SongsOfAmericanSailormen, pp. 86-87, "Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Harlow-ChantyingAboardAmericanShips, pp. 111-112, "Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill-ShantiesFromTheSevenSeas, 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]
Hugill-SongsOfTheSea, p. 28, "Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sharp-EnglishFolkChanteys, XXI, p.24, "Rio Grand" (1 text, 1 tune)
Kinsey-SongsOfTheSea, pp. 66-68, "Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Linscott-FolkSongsOfOldNewEngland, pp. 146-148, "Rio Grande" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Beck-FolkloreOfMaine, pp.197-198, "Rio Grande" (1 text)
Shay-AmericanSeaSongsAndChanteys, pp. 21-23, "Away, Rio!" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-AmericanBalladsAndFolkSongs, pp. 488-489, "The Rio Grande" (1 text+floating verses, 1 tune)
Smith/Hatt/Fowke-SeaSongsBalladFromNineteenthCenturyNovaScotia, p. 20, "Bound to Rio" (1 text)
Mackenzie-BalladsAndSeaSongsFromNovaScotia 104, "The Rio Grande" (2 texts, 2 tunes); "I'm Bound For the Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Terry-TheShantyBook-Part1, #2, "Bound for the Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Abrahams-DeepTheWaterShallowTheShore, pp. 82-83, "Royo Groun'" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warner-FolkSongsAndBalladsOfTheEasternSeaboard, pp. 34-35, "Away Rio" (1 text)
Shay-BarroomBallads/PiousFriendsDrunkenCompanions, pp. 138-139, "RIo Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Heart-Songs, p. 451, "Were You Ever in Rio Grand" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fireside-Book-of-Folk-Songs, p. 140, "The Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 93, "Rio Grande" (1 text)
GirlScouts-SingTogether, pp. 70-71, "We're Bound for Rio" (1 text, 1 tune)
Zander/Klusmann-CampSongsNThings, p. 33, "Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
Zander/Klusmann-CampSongsPopularEdition, p. 34, "Rio Grande" (1 text)
33MuchLovedSongs, p. 6, "Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
OneTuneMore, p. 27, "Rio Grande" (1 text, 1 tune)
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)
George Allan England, _Vikings of the Ice: Being the Log of a Tenderfoot on the Great Newfoundland Seal Hunt_ (also published as _The Greatest Hunt in the World_), Doubleday, 1924, p. 267, "(no title)" (1 text)

Roud #317
Almanac Singers, "Away, Rio" (General 5017A, 1941; on Almanac02, Almanac03, AlmanacCD1)
Tom Cornelly, "Rio Grande" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
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 [27 words]: 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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