From Palo Duro Canyon outside Amarillo Texas
The prairie dog town fork of the Red River flows
Headed cross the plains along the coast of Oklahoma
To the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico

Red River I know you I know you of old
You have filled up my pockets with quicksand and gold
Susanna oh Susanna when it comes my time
Bury me south of that Red River line

My great grandfather came to that Red River line
And camped on the north side until it was time
To cross or to stay to be sooner or not
He headed south to San Antone they said he liked it hot

Here's to Charlie Goodnight and Mr. Loving too
Here's to Coronado, the Comanche, and the blues
Here's to the bootleggers and the oilfield crews
Here's to the one and all of us Red River fools

Lyrics submitted by ChaseKenderes

Red River Lyrics as written by Guy Clark

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    General CommentSpringsteen cover. Way better than Springsteen'll ever be.
    ChaseKendereson June 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentagreed
    muscles5676on February 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti liked this version with its faster pace and rock tone beter than springsteens.

    since they're from pitt, think they might be referring to johnstown, pa, the conemaugh river, the fields in somerset, and the ligonier valley between the chestnut ridge and the laurel ridge? its nice to think so...
    joshs1ofakindxjon February 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhen i heard the clarks play this song at the university of pitt at johnstown everyone lost it when they said "workin for the johnstown company".

    good time.
    joshs1ofakindxjon February 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat's so sad is that this song could have been written about my parents. That's what makes it so hard for me to listen to.
    onoyoker1110on November 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentActually, the "Johnstown" reference was also in the Springsteen version as well, so as much as it could be a local reference, who knows if it is or not. But (call me biased as a Clarks fan), the SPringsteen version's got nothing on this version. Never has, never will.
    moose2438on May 12, 2008   Link

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