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
I love you in springtime
When the wildflowers bloom
I love your summer skies
With its big yellow moon
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
They'll dam up the water
And cover our land
Then chalk it all up
To advancement of man
Publisher: © 1976 Ann McGowan Music Inc. BMI (International
* * * * * 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 * * * * *