Red Wing


                          Red Wing

Thurland Chattaway                         Kerry Mills, 1907
                                       Mandolin tablature by 
                                    Elizabeth T. Knuth, 1998

Key: G

Moderately

Verse:

E--||------------|--------------------------|
A--||--4:--------|--------------------2-----|
D--||--4:--0-----|--5-----5--4--5-----------|
G--||------------|--4-----------------------|
           |        |     |__|  |     |

1.       There    once lived an In - dian
2.        She    watched for him day and


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|--5-----------------------|--3-----3-----3-----3-----|
|--5-----------------5-----|--2-----------------------|
|--------------------4-----|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |        |     |__|  |     |

  maid,              A       shy   little prai-rie
 night,             She     kept  all the campfires
 

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|--5-----------------2-----|--3-----3--2--0-----3-----|
|--5-----------------------|--------------4-----------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |        |     |__|  |     |

  maid,             Who      sang    a   lay,   a
 bright,            And      un - der the sky, each
 

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|--2-----2--0--------2-----|--0-----------------------|
|--------------5-----------|--------2-----4-----5-----|
|--------------4-----------|--------------------------|
   |     |__|  |     |        |     |     |     |

 love    song gay,   As       on   the  plain  she'd
night she would lie, And    dream   a - bout   his


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|--0--2--0-----------------|--------------------2-----|
|-----------4--0-----0-----|--5-----5--4--5-----------|
|--------------------2-----|--4-----------------------|
   |__|  |__|  |     |        |     |__|  |     |

while a-way the day. She    loved     a   war - rior
 com-ing by and by;  But     when all the braves re-
 

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|--5-----------------------|--3-----3-----3-----3-----|
|--5-----------------5-----|--2-----------------------|
|--------------------4-----|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |        |     |__|  |     |

  bold,             this     shy   little maid  of
 turned,            the     heart    of  Red   Wing
 

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|--5-----------------2-----|--3-----3--2--0-----3-----|
|--5-----------------------|--------------4-----------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |        |     |__|  |     |

  old,              But     brave    and gay,   he
yearned,            For      far,  far a-way,  her


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|--2-----2--0--------2-----|--0-----------------------|
|--------------5-----------|--------2-----4--2--0-----|
|--------------4-----------|--------------------------|
   |     |__|  |     |        |     |     |__|  |

  rode    one day    to      bat - tle    far   a -
  war - ri-or gay,  fell    brave - ly    in   the
  

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|--------------||
|--5-----------||
|--4-----------||
   |     |

  way.
 fray.
 

Chorus:

E--||--3-----2-----||---0-----------0-----0--0--|
A--||--------------||*--3~~~--------3-----3--3--|
D--||--------------||*--------------------------|
G--||--------------||---------------------------|
       |     |          |     |     |     |__|

      Now,  the       moon          shines   to -

                 
|--0-----3-----2-----0-----|
|--3-----3-----3-----3-----|
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |

 night  on   pret - ty

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|--5-----------2-----------|--2-----5-----------5-----|
|--5-----------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |        |     |     |     |

  Red         Wing,                the  breeze  is

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|--5-----------0-----------|--0-----5-----3-----5-----|
|--4-----------4-----------|--4-----4-----------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |        |     |     |     |

 sigh    -    ing,                 the  night  bird's

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|---------------/----------|-\------------3-----2-----|
|--5-----------2-----------|--2-----------------------|
|--5-----------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |        |     |     |     |

 cry     -    ing,                       For    a -


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|--3~~~--------3-----3--3--|--3-----3-----3-----3-----|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |__|     |     |     |     |

  far          'neath   his  star  her  brave   is

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|--5-----------2-----------|--2-----5-----------5-----|
|--5-----------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |        |     |     |     |

 sleep   -    ing,                While  Red  Wing's

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|---------------/----------|-\------------------------|
|--5-----------0-----------|--0-----3-----2-----0-----|
|--4-----------4-----------|--4-----------------4-----|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |        |     |     |     |

 weep    -    ing                  her  heart   a -

 ______________________________________________________
| 1.                                                   |
                                                      
|--------------------------|--r-----------3-----2------||
|--------------------------|--e-----------------------*||
|--5-----------------------|--s-----------------------*||
|--4-----------------------|--t------------------------||
   |     |     |     |        |     |     |     |

  way.                                   Now,  the

 ___________________________________________________
| 2.                                                |
      _____________________                  
|----/--------------------|\------------------r-----||
|---/---------------------|-\-----------------e-----||
|--5----------------------|--5----------------s-----||
|--4----------------------|--4----------------t-----||
   |     |     |     |       |     |     |    |

  way.

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==                 TABLATURE EXPLANATION                  ==
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-4:------- Time           
-4:------- Signature      
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--0--|--0-- Tied 
-----|----- Notes
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  |     |

 ________
| 1.     |

|--------|
|--------| First Ending
|--------| (2. for Second Ending)
|--------|

Even some folklorists have mistakenly thought that "Red Wing" must be "traditional." In the 1920s, it was an immensely popular tune, one that was played often and that everyone seemed to know.

Although "Red Wing" is not a real folk song, it is now in the public domain in the United States.

If you like, you can hear a MIDI file of "Red Wing."


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