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Goodbye To A River
Banjo tuned E, Capo 3, Key of D*** I think this video is in C....v.g.

    D     G     D
Goodbye to a river
Goodbye to the trees
Goodbye to the night birds that sing in the breeze
They're building a dam and it's too late to cry
Brazos de Dios, adios goodbye

          G        D
I love you in springtime
When the wildflowers bloom
I love your summer skies
With its big yellow moon
       G        D
I love you in autumn
And when the whippoorwills call
I love your people
Most of all

  D       G       D
The men with the power
Say it's just what we need

But I'll tell you folks
It's a matter of greed
         G         D
They'll dam up the water
And cover our land

Then chalk it all up
       G          D
To advancement of man


Publisher:  1976 Ann McGowan Music Inc. BMI (International 

Copyright Secured)

* * * * * Rattlesnake Annie's story about the song * * * * *

I wrote "Goodbye to a River" in 1976 in Texas.

I was living by the side of the Brazos River with my husband 

and our two sons, Lynn and Al. We were located between Palo 

Pinto and Mineral Wells, Texas.

Our land had not been lived on since the Indians were removed 

We built everything we needed on our land with our own hands. 

We grew our own food, had chickens for eggs, goats for milk and 

horses for fun.

We put all of our hopes and dreams in our beloved ranch on the 

river and thought that it would be our home place forever. It 

was like paradise, surrounded by nature, wild flowers, wild 

animals, the sounds, the sights, and each moment the miracles 

of Mother Nature!.the river!

Then, the first nuclear power plant in Texas was build very 

close to our home.

It was built near Glen Rose, Texas. They built it on Comanche 

Peak, which was historically the sacred meeting place for 

Indian tribes in the area to discuss peace.

Of course, we felt like it was too dangerous to live so near 

the Nuclear Power Plant, which was only a few kilometers down 

the river. So, we decided that we must leave our land and home.

We had a party for our dearest friends called "The Great 

American Give-Away" and gave away all our life-long possessions 

of art, books and various treasures.

Since that time I do not value material possessions. Now I know 

that you can never really own anything.

We left the river in 1977.."Brazos de Dios , Adios Goodbye".

The popularity of this song launched my international career, 

and it has been recorded in many different languages.

The Brazos River is the longest river in Texas. It is 1,400 km 

(870 mi) generally southeast across Texas to the Gulf of Mexico 

southwest of Galveston.

It was named by the Spanish "Brazos de Dios".

"Brazos de Dios" in Spanish means "Arms of God"

Brazos = arms

de = of

dios = god

"Adios" is a Spanish word meaning "goodbye"

adios = goodbye

* * * * * Rattlesnake Annie's Peace Bio * * * * *


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