Piano arrangement, backing tracks arrangement, recorded and performed by Domino.
No one know the composer of this song, the earliest written manuscript of the lyrics, titled "Red River Valley", bears the notations 1879 and 1885 in locations Nemha and Harlan in western Iowa, so it probably dates to at least that era.
The song first appears in sheet music, titled "In the Bright Mohawk Valley", printed in New York in 1896 with James J. Kerrigan as the writer ( and as know "Cowboy love" , "Red river rock" .. etc )
There are Red Rivers in Texas, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Canada, to name a few. Everyone claims this one, though folklorist Edith Fowke attributes it to Canadian sources. She notes it is a song from Manitoba, sung during the military occupation by Canadian troops sent to put down the Metis rebellion in the late 1860's, sung from the viewpoint of a Metis woman losing her soldier.