What is the song shenandoah about

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Songs of the Shenandoah by Michael K. Reynolds

At the onset of the Civil War, Seamus heeds his wife’s wishes to return to her beloved family farm in the South, where he takes a post as chaplain for General Stonewall Jackson’s brigade. As Seamus ministers to the troops, his sister Clare ministers in a different way—by being a powerful voice in the Northern cause toward freeing the slaves. All this while their youngest brother Davin, who became wealthy during the Gold Rush, struggles to find love and identity in a fallen world. It’s a clash of loyalties and beliefs that threaten the entire family, each of them trying to hear God’s encouragement in the midst of the tragedy of war. The dramatic conclusion to the acclaimed Heirs of Ireland Series.
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OH SHENANDOAH - (Across the Wide Missouri) A Cappella Version

Fun stuff: Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you

Until the nineteenth century only adventurers who sought their fortunes as trappers and traders of beaver fur ventured as far west as the Missouri River. Most of these men were loners who became friendly with, and sometimes married, Native Americans. Shenandoah is said to have originated with French voyageurs traveling down the Missouri River. The lyrics tell the story of a trader who fell in love with the daughter of an Algonquian chief, Shenandoah. American sailors heading down the Mississippi River picked up the song and made it a capstan shanty that they sang while hauling in the anchor. Missouri, she's a mighty river Away, you rolling river The Indians camp along her borders Away, I'm bound away 'Cross the wide Missouri.

The song 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 s versions of the song had become a sea shanty heard or sung by sailors in various parts of the world. The song is number in the Roud Folk Song Index. Until the 19th century only adventurers who sought their fortunes as trappers and traders of beaver fur ventured as far west as the Missouri River. Most of these Canadian and American " voyageurs " in the fur trade era were loners who became friendly with, and sometimes married, Native Americans.

Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band

Oh, Shenandoah ~ Van Morrison

This song goes back to the early 's. It's not only an American Folk song, but it was also a sea chantey. Farewell, goodbye, I shall not grieve you, Away you rolling river, Oh Shenandoah, I'll not deceive you Away, we're bound away 'Cross the wide Missouri. Different versions of this song exist. Away you rolling river, 'Tis seven long years Since last I saw you.

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