Some of us turn off the lights and we lay

Up in the moonlight shooting by

Some of us scare ourselves to death in the dark

To be where the angels fly

Pretty maids all in a row lined up

Outside my cabin door

Iíve never wanted any of íem wanting me

íCept the girl from the Red River shore

Well I sat by her side and for a while I tried

To make that girl my wife

She gave me her best advice when she said

Go home and lead a quiet life

Well I been to the East and I been to the West

And I been out where the black winds roar

Somehow, though, I never did get that far

With the girl from the Red River shore

Well I knew when I first laid eyes on her

I could never be free

One look at her and I knew right away

She should always be with me

Well the dream dried up a long time ago

Donít know where it is anymore

True to life, true to me

Was the girl from the Red River shore

Well Iím wearing the cloak of misery

And Iíve tasted jilted love

And the frozen smile upon my face

Fits me like a glove

But I canít escape from the memory

Of the one that Iíll always adore

All those nights when I lay in the arms

Of the girl from the Red River shore

Well weíre liviní in the shadows of a fading past

Trapped in the fires of time

I tried not to ever hurt anybody

And to stay out of a life of crime

And when itís all been said and done

I never did know the score

One more day is another day away

From the girl from the Red River shore

Well Iím a stranger here in a strange land

But I know this is where I belong

I ramble and gamble for the one I love

And the hills will give me a song

Though nothing looks familiar to me

I know Iíve stayed here before

Once a thousand nights ago

With the girl from the Red River shore

Well I went back to see about her once

Went back to straighten it out

Everybody that I talked to had seen us there

Said they didnít know who I was talkiní about

Well the sun went down a long time ago

And doesnít seem to shine anymore

I wish I could have spent every hour of my life

With the girl from the Red River shore

Now I heard of a guy who lived a long time ago

A man full of sorrow and strife

That if someone around him died and was dead

He knew how to bring him on back to life

Well I donít know what kind of language he used

Or if they do that kind of thing anymore

Sometimes I think nobody ever saw me here at all

íCept the girl from the Red River shore


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In October 2008 "RED RIVER SHORE" was included as
track number five on disc one as well as track seven
on disc three of "The Bootleg Series Vol. 8:
Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989Ė2006"

In January 2023 two more versions of "RED RIVER SHORE"
were included as track number three on disc two as well as
track four on disc three of "The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17 -
Fragments - Time Out Of Mind Sessions, 1996-1997"

[This set also included again the earlier released versions,
as tracks two and three on disc five of The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17]