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American folk song of uncertain origin, dating to the early 19th century. It appears to have originated with Canadian and American voyageurs or fur traders traveling down the Missouri River in canoes, and has developed several different sets of lyrics. Some lyrics refer to the Oneida chief Shenandoah and a canoe-going trader who wants to marry his daughter. By the mid 1800s versions of the song had become a sea shanty heard or sung by sailors in various parts of the world. The song is number 324 in the Roud Folk Song Index.
First stanza: "Oh, Shenandoah, I long to hear you. Look away, you rollin' river. Oh, Shenandoah, I long to hear. Look away, we're bound away, across the wide Missouri."
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