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Kerry Mills song "Red Wing" sung by George W. Ballard on U-S Everlasting Record 1150 (1911)

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Published on Dec 20, 2013

"Red Wing" is sung by George W. Ballard on U-S Everlasting Record 1150, issued in 1911.

This popular song published in 1907 has music by Kerry Mills (1869-1948) and lyrics by Thurland Chattaway (1872-1947).

On sheet music, "Red Wing" is called an Indian Intermezzo and also an Indian Fable.

Mills' music here is influenced by Robert Schumann's "The Happy Farmer, Returning From Work."

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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