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Mike in Brunswick Origins: The Brazos River / Rivers of Texas (36) RE: Lyr Add: The Brazos River - 2 versions 02 Jul 12


Ed Miller recorded this song as Rivers and Reivers on his Lowlander CD. In the notes he says "Over the years, I've heard many Texas singers perform 'The Texas River Song', my personal favorite being the version of the late Buck Ramsey. Andy Wilkinson, another great West Texan poet who worked extensively with Buck, commented once that he he'd heard this was originally a Scottish song, and that it had been adapted by cowboy singers to encompass the names of Texas rivers. Having searched in vain for a Scottish equivalent, I did the next best thing and wrote a couple of verses mentioning the southeast Scottish Borders. While rehearsing, it also struck me that the old Jacobite tune 'Over the Water to Charlie' was musically compatible."

Mike


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