"Evangeline" as written by and Robbie Robertson....
She stands on the banks of the mighty Mississippi
Alone in the pale moonlight
Waitin' for a man, a riverboat gambler
Said that he'd return tonight

They used to waltz on the banks of the mighty Mississippi
Lovin' the whole night through
He was a riverboat gambler off to make a killin'
And bring it on back to you

Evangeline, Evangeline
Curses the soul of the Mississippi queen
That pulled her man away

Bayou Sam from south Louisiana'
Had gamblin' in his veins
Evangeline from the maritime
Was slowly goin' insane

High on the top of a hickory hill
She stands in the lightning and thunder
Down on the river the boat was a sinkin'
She watched that queen go under

Evangeline Evangeline
Curses the soul of the Mississippi queen
That pulled her man away

Evangeline Evangeline
Curses the soul of the Mississippi queen
That pulled her man away


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"Evangeline" as written by Robbie Robertson

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    General CommentCan't believe no one has commented on this song yet... The Last Waltz version is just so great...
    wwbon April 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlthough I know it is probably not about him The Last Waltz version of this song always makes me think of Gram Parsons. Especially that line "high on the top of a hickory hill" since Hickory Wind was kind of Parsons' signature song. It isn't exactly clear if Harris and Parsons had a love affair but they at least had a special relationship. And after all, Gram Parsons kind of had "gamblin in his veins".
    puppyfaton May 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a very powerful song about love, losing the will to carry on. One of my all time favs! Thank you Emmylou!
    moeheadon July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is written by Robbie Robertson of The Band, you can read more about the "Evangeline" the HW Longfellow poem he is referencing here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    troybronsinkon November 03, 2011   Link

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