This song is sometime found under the title "Union Maid" released by Woody Guthrie in 1940. It has also appeared in movies and sang by John Wayne in "Oklahoma", 1943. and again with John Wayne and Lee Marvin in "Comancheros." 1961. Then Mr. Wayne and Lauren Bacall sang it in the 1976 movie "The Shootist." It can also be found in the "Wizard of Oz" when they are being perused by winged monkeys. This little melody slips in several old western television shows also.
The song was written in 1907 with music by Kerry Mills and lyrics by Thurland Chattaway. The song tells of a young Indian girl's loss of her sweetheart who has died in battle.
First verse and chorus are:
There once lived an Indian maid,
A shy little prairie maid,
Who sang all day a love song gay,
As on the plains she'd while away the day.
She loved a warrior bold,
This shy little maid of old,
But brave and gay he rode one day
To battle far away.
Now the moon shines tonight on pretty Red Wing,
The breeze is sighing, the night bird's crying,
For afar 'neath his star her brave is sleeping,
While Red Wing's weeping her heart away.
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